(JNS.org) Hamas continued rocket attacks after the Israeli cabinet agreed to an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire deal to halt the current conflict. In response, Israel proceeded with Operation Protective Edge in Gaza after Hamas’s rejection of an agreement that had stipulated for both sides to end “hostilities” by 9 a.m. Tuesday.
“Following 6 hrs of indiscriminate rocket fire at #Israel the #IDF has resumed operational activities against #Hamas,” Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Peter Lerner tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
Rocket sirens persisted across Israel on Tuesday and were heard as far north as Zichron Yaakov, which is located 22 miles south of the northern city of Haifa, Israel Hayom reported.
“If Hamas rejects the Egyptian proposal, and the rocket fire from Gaza does not cease, and that appears to be the case now, we are prepared to continue and intensify our operation to protect our people,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was visiting Israel.