A steady stream of Israelis living next door to the Gaza Strip continued packing their bags and heading north Saturday, the day after rising casualties from the non-ending Palestinian rocket and mortar barrage on their homes. The death of a four-year old boy by falling mortar shrapnel deepened the general despondence and uncertainty. Community leaders were deeply disgruntled with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s vow that Hamas would be made “to pay very dearly”for his death – dismissing it as “amorphous.” Israel has the tools for ending the agony, they charge, and is not using them.
A protest encampment struck opposite the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem is filling up with angry citizens, as each day goes by with around 100 Palestinian rockets and mortar strikes aimed at the Israeli populace. Israeli air strikes have no discernible effect on checking these attacks.