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    Israel has no intention of ignoring rocket fire on its citizens, said Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Wednesday morning, adding that "elements in Islamic Jihad" carried out Tuesday's attack on Gan Yavn.

    "If there won't be quiet in Israel, Gaza will pay a very heavy price, which will cause all who plan to challenge us to regret their actions," Ya'alon said. "Hamas is advised to restrain any attempt to fire rockets at Israel or provoke it, otherwise we will be forced to
    act with greater power. I would not advise anyone to test us," he warned.

    "We see Hamas as being responsible for what happens in the territory of Gaza, and we will not tolerate any threat to residents of the south," he said.

  • Israeli Air Force F-16 planes fly in formation over the Mediterranean Sea as seen from a Tel Aviv beach, April 23. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    The Israeli Air Force attacked four targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning, following an earlier rocket attack on Israeli territory, the IDF spokesperson said. 

    The IDF identified the targets, in the southern part of the coastal enclave, as terror infrastructure. 

    The army added that it viewed the Tuesday rocket attack on Israel with severity and it holds Hamas responsible. 

    A rocket from Gaza exploded in the Gan Yavne region, east of Ashdod on Tuesday evening, shattering four weeks of quiet and setting off air raid sirens in the Ashdod and Lakhish regions.

  • Rocket fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel. [File]. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    Gazan rocket exploded in the Gan Yavne region, east of Ashdod on Tuesday evening, shattering four weeks of quiet and setting of air raid sirens in the Ashdod and Lakhish regions.

    The rocket failed to cause injuries, though emergency responders were still assessing on Tuesday whether the projectile had caused any damages.

    An army source later said that the IDF "views Hamas as being responsible for everything that occurs in the territory of Gaza." There was no immediate indication about which terrorist group fired the rocket.

    On April 24, terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket at the Sderot area, ending four months of quiet and triggering air raid sirens in the area. The projectile exploded in an open, uninhabited area, the IDF said.

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini last week that Israel is prepared to resume negotiations with the Palestinians and to define boundaries for the major settlement blocs in the West Bank, the Haaretz newspaper reported Tuesday, quoting an unnamed source.

    In a marked departure from his long-held stance, Netanyahu showed willingness to reach an understanding with the Palestinians that would involve Israeli territorial concessions in the West Bank, the report said.

    The understanding would include annexing major West Bank settlement blocs to Israel.

    The source noted that Netanyahu is seeking clear boundaries to enable Israel to continue building in the major settlement blocs without incurring the wrath of the international community.

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (photo credit:HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY WEBSITE / AFP)

    The Iranian regime is sending mixed signals these days. While its president, Hassan Rouhani, speaks of moderation, its military, led by the high command of the Revolutionary Guards, continues with its saber-rattling.

    In a rally near Tehran on Tuesday, Rouhani spoke of pursuing “the path of peace” and “constructive interaction with the world.”

    “The absolute majority of the Iranian nation supports the path of peace, reconciliation and the course of constructive interaction with the world,” Rouhani said.

    The president called for “unity, unanimity and harmony inside [the country] and resistance against enemy plots to create insecurity in the region.”

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