Islamic Jihad’s scam: Keep up rocket attacks to attrition Israel. Blame “rogue groups”

The Israeli air force struck Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza early Friday, Nov. 15, after several rounds of Palestinian rocket fire blew away the “ceasefire” shortly after it went into effect early Thursday. The rockets were aimed at Sderot and other locations near the border, after the IDF Home Command had assured citizens they could come out of their shelters after 48 hours of confinement. Iron Dome went into action three times. Overnight, Israeli air strikes demolished a Jihad missile components plant and the Khan Younis Brigade command center.

The Palestinian terrorist Islamic Jihad group is using the “ceasefire” for a sly subterfuge. While pretending to accept the truce, for the benefit of the IDF and the UN and Egyptian peace brokers, they continued to shoot rockets, putting the blame on “rogue” elements out of their control.

 DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources stress that this is hogwash. Those rockets come straight out of the Jihad arsenal. They are put in the hands of dissident elements critical of the ceasefire and serve the group’s strategy for subjecting Israel to a drawn-out war of attrition. This is intended to keep Israel constantly on the hop by unexpected bursts of short-range rocket fire coming after calm passages.  

On Thursday, Israel’s leaders patted themselves on the back for coming out of Jihad’s rocket war without a single casualty, wiping out much of its war machine and liquidating a score or more of wanted terrorists. The onset of a war of attrition hardly came up. But it was uppermost in the minds of the dwellers of Sderot and the dozen locations within easy rocket range of the Gaza Strip. Heads of the local councils countermanded a IDF Home Command directives and ordered their schools to remain closed on Friday.

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40 thoughts on “Islamic Jihad’s scam: Keep up rocket attacks to attrition Israel. Blame “rogue groups”

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 8:28 at 8:28
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    A Grand Strategy Victory For IDF & Great Tragedy For IRGC, Hamas, & PIJ Rogues!

    • Nov 15, 2019 @ 10:45 at 10:45
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      Every time there is a conflict Israel does a few actions then stops. I could never understand why Israel doesn’t go in for total victory. How many of these have we seen over decades?

      • Nov 15, 2019 @ 12:51 at 12:51
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        I’ve never heard a definitive explanation, but it appears it has to do with constraints imposed by others.

        Especially under Obama there was little tolerance for the Israeli destruction of terrorist networks. To the extent possible Obama restricted Israeli access to war materials and aggressive Israeli action could make that worse.

        Israel has essential but uncomfortable relationships with a bunch of Middle East actors. If Israel gets too aggressive then their citizenries will be angry and you could get undesirable regime changes.

        So Israel ends up being stuck in a very uncomfortable position where victory is not allowed.

        • Nov 15, 2019 @ 14:33 at 14:33
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          Yea, it’s all Obama’s fault.

          • Nov 16, 2019 @ 15:37 at 15:37
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            If you go back and re-read? I clearly did not say it was all Obama’s fault.

            However, Obama’s administration was as unfriendly to Israel as it could possibly be and still hope to get re-elected in 2012 and get Hillary elected in 2016. No other administration has been as unfriendly with the possible exception of Carter.

            But every administration from at least Carter up through Obama has put constraints on Israel’s actions. The Trump administration is probably doing that as well but I don’t know that.

            The point is that Israel’s responses are constrained by some very real geopolitical issues and players. Israel’s leadership does not have a free hand to do as they see fit – not by a long shot.

      • Nov 15, 2019 @ 14:17 at 14:17
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        I think Israeli leaders have mental issues related to the 2000 years of horror at the hands of Christians and Muslims. They can’t seem to understand that they too are allowed to destroy their enemies just like the goyim do, and God will like it, and they don’t have to be concerned with any body on earth except THEIR OWN SUFFERING CITIZENS!

      • Nov 15, 2019 @ 14:27 at 14:27
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        Israel is not giving Iran the war it wants. Iranian empire is burning and its government is broke. Defensive posture is all that’s needed now.

      • Nov 17, 2019 @ 10:23 at 10:23
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        Showing kindness towards enemies should making them love you at the end. That’s in two words the strategy, a strategy which never worked in 17 centuries, but has emotional deep roots in the psychology of a persecuted people. The only way to please your genocidal enemy is to sacrifice yourself or your people, that is basically the Israeli establishment is doing at least since Oslo.

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 8:45 at 8:45
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    Proportional response no longer an option. Israel has had its hands tied in response to aggressive Islamic terror. . IDF must hit much harder and widen its range..

    • Nov 15, 2019 @ 9:54 at 9:54
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      @Norbus, Do not know but very much suspect the IDF knew was going to Happen. The IDF are Ready, Locked & Loaded for 8 ways of Moving Over Obstacles in Unexpected Ways. Something Bigger is in the Works, Just a Hunch!

      • Nov 15, 2019 @ 12:20 at 12:20
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        yeah, arab spring MKII colour revolution is taking place, no need to spoil the narrative.

      • Nov 15, 2019 @ 17:20 at 17:20
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        @ GST001. Congratulations, your number of lower case words has increased to 43% of the total. If you continue reducing the unsightly and distracting and incorrect caps you may be able to write perfect English soon.

        • Nov 15, 2019 @ 17:33 at 17:33
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          @Stephen R… Thank you for Proving you are “Bean Counter” providing “Zero of No Content”, & your Postings own number is 0 of Substance, Contributions & Importance lacking Abilities & Intelligence?

          • Nov 15, 2019 @ 21:46 at 21:46
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            He’S fRieNdLy RiGHt. iT is veRy Difficult to GRasp in a Glance youR coMMentS, i PeRsonally SkiP a Lot bECauSe of the foRM. Go MoRe “loweR case”, next WEek cHAllenGe 60%. hOW dO yOU Like tHIs?

          • Nov 15, 2019 @ 23:37 at 23:37
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            @Aladdin… I Respect your Right to “Descriptive Grammar”, as you Choose. As well as, have the Capacity & Capability of Understanding & Accept your “Posted View too! I enjoy your own “Content Comments” on the Debka’s Articles, Opinions, & Views. “StephenR” & Your Own Admission Whimpering is an “Immature Whinge”! We Accept that too from both of you. Feel Free to Ignore or Learn to Grow Out of Your Brain Pains over Posts You Can’t Understand!

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 9:25 at 9:25
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    After the announcement of the new 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, gave an interview in which he said that users should not wait for the usual connectors, such as an SD card slot, to return to the company’s laptops.

    USB-A, HDMI, and SD card slots never return to MacBook

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 9:49 at 9:49
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    The hate-charity industrial complex is a Palestinian specific informal alliance between the military and military industry on one hand, and the charity collection industry that supplies it on the other hand, seen together as a vested interest which influences public policy and provides a constant flow of martyrs, which in turn rises the prospects of a even larger charity collection.

    Donations to Palestinians generate death and higher hate along generations, since 70 years now, and going stronger each day. Donations prevent peace.

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 10:00 at 10:00
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    Here we go again, rockets – bombing raids – ceasefire ? – cash ? – and then we start a new fresh round.Has no one the guts to put a end to these all. Yeah big words how succesfull this 2-day campaign was , really ??Time to rethink this strategy, then this don”t work at all.Sadly the never ending story continues…..

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 10:47 at 10:47
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    Every time there is a conflict Israel does a few actions then stops. I could never understand why Israel doesn’t go in for total victory. How many of these have we seen over decades?

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 13:30 at 13:30
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    How come these factories with munitions were still standing. Wouldn’t they have been leveled early on? I don’t understand how anything of value could be left to target or am I missing something?

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 14:03 at 14:03
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    There are no differences nor separation between Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Fatah, or any of the other terrorists in the terror enclaves surrounding Israel. Do not use that as an excuse to not end their reign of terror directed at Israel and the Jewish people.

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 14:20 at 14:20
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    Level the lying, thieving, scheming killers before they level us. Period.

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 14:24 at 14:24
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    The common sense of the frustration among observers of Israel’s government inaction in response to terror is unfortunately less evident among our leaders since 1967. It’s a grave tragedy. And I personally do not see anything of great wisdom in any current leader.

    That’s why a moshiach is vital!

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 15:42 at 15:42
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    Jihad: please,please level Bibi’s villa (with Sarah in the kitchen.) Then, and only then he may be FORCED
    to act like a courageous man and a leader, instead of a hypocritical, despicable coward !

    • Nov 17, 2019 @ 10:38 at 10:38
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      If Bibi had his house leveled by Hamas he would give more money to Hamas to spare the next house. If you want Bibi to act for you he has to be more frightened by the israeli public than by its enemies (Hamas and its protectors including Obama and eU). If you want things to change for you level his house yourself.
      It’s up to the Israeli to stand up and take the power from the kapos they elect since Oslo.

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 16:04 at 16:04
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    Clarification needed – The missiles both short and long came directly from Iran! A message is needed that they will understand.

    • Nov 16, 2019 @ 4:30 at 4:30
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      A good message has to be clear and out laud, like for a sample, what about “stop immediately the delivery of missiles to Gaza!”? Which in Morse gives:

      … – — .–. .. — — . -.. .. .- – . .-.. -.– – …. . -.. . .-.. .. …- . .-. -.– — ..-. — .. … … .. .-.. . … – — –. .- –.. .- -.-.–

      Now, if for each point we use a bomb and for each line a Tomahawk, this makes a very clear message.

      • Nov 16, 2019 @ 6:53 at 6:53
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        @Moishe&Aladdin… Disagree a tad, there are 4 Messages as I see it. 1. Iran’s IRGC Ata & Servants are Dead, 2. Hamas alerted to JIP’s attempts taking Hamas Gaza Power, & 3. IRGC, JIP, Hamas & Fatah Targeting & Betraying their Own Rogues! They all Blame Israel but No Longer Trust one another? Weapons, Storage & Factories Destroyed as well. All need more Funding, Debts, Destruction, Division & Deaths???

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 16:38 at 16:38
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    Now that we have a date certain for Netanyahu getting indicted – November 19th in 4 days time – this will fundamentally restructure the coming third Israeli election and the Kahanist Right.
    Gantz won’t sit with an indicted Netanyahu – and Trump and America has had it with him as well

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 16:43 at 16:43
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    Bibi is a pig, this is all just politics to him, even Haaretz have a story about this. We need smart, honest and strong leaders not this shmuck who is just looking after himself while harming Israel.

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 17:37 at 17:37
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    Gaza “The Land of Esau” & Iran Shiia regime are the cause of its own problems that exists today, not Israel “Land Of Jacob-Israel-Judea” or Egypt. Israel has no intention to ever Annex Gaza Today or Tomorrow, but will defend against attacks.

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 17:40 at 17:40
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    Hamas used to do the same thing. The rogue group was the PIJ.

    It doesn’t matter what the proxy name of the week is, the return address is always Teheran.

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 18:23 at 18:23
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    israeli leaders pat themself on back for surviving MAKES ME SICK AS A JEW WHO AS A 15 YR OLD BUSTED WITH PRIDE WHEN MY PEOPLE SHOWED THE WORLD JEWS ARE NOT SHEEP IN june 5 1967 now the idf is reduced to just holding the line as we called it in nam when i was a soldier. i feel sorry for my fellow brothers and sisters in the idf who must sit with there tied hands . as american soldiers were held back in nam

    • Nov 15, 2019 @ 20:23 at 20:23
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      I agree with you Larry and you have every reasonto be proud. The 1967 war will probably remain as the best text book example of what a well planned operation with skilled and motivated force is able to achieve for many years. I cant think of a more successful operation since WW2.

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 19:22 at 19:22
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    Its high time Bibi crushes Insane Jihad retards once and for all in Gaza. Israel should invade Gaza strip next time these swineherd fire rockets.

  • Nov 15, 2019 @ 22:52 at 22:52
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    Mybe Bibi is trying carrot( Qatari dollars) and stick (IAF…GBU adir F 35
    2500POUNDS) with mossad deep inside Gaza

  • Nov 16, 2019 @ 2:41 at 2:41
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    Could it be at all possible that the reason why Israel never deals with threat is that someone/people are getting a kickback and do just enough to be seen to do something and nothing that is going to risk the money drying up? I know it seems impossible but corruption is a problem and i just cant rule out the possibility since it would explain why things are always turning out the same.

    • Nov 16, 2019 @ 3:37 at 3:37
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      Any thing is possible with Bibi

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