Rocket Strike Cuts Netanyahu Trip Short
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was cutting his trip to the U.S. short after a rocket strike from Gaza hit a home north of Tel Aviv and injured several people, according to Reuters.
“In light of the security events I decided to cut short my visit to the U.S.,” he told Reuters.
The rocket from Gaza landed on a home in the small agricultural town of Mishmeret, north of Tel Aviv, in early morning hours.
A military spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interception system had not been deployed in the area and was unable to bring down the rocket.
It left one house destroyed in addition to the surrounding damage.
Reuters reported one infant, a 3-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl and 60-year-old woman were among those being treated for injuries.
Gaza had not claimed responsibility for the rocket but was reported to be preparing for retaliation.
“There was a criminal attack on the state of Israel and we will respond forcefully,” Netanyahu said in a video statement sent to The Wall Street Journal.
The border along Israel and Gaza just marked one year of continued border protests.
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President Trump recently expressed support for Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and is reportedly planning to make that statement official by signing a decree during today’s meeting, according to Reuters.
Netanyahu is running for an unprecedented fifth term.
The prime minister’s chief political rival, Benny Gantz, immediately issued a statement accusing Netanyahu of having “bankrupted national security” by permitting such attacks.
The election will be held Tuesday, April 9.
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