CAIRO, EGYPT – It’s ‘so far, so good’ in Gaza and Israel.
Secretary of State Clinton and Egypt’s foreign minister jointly announced a cease-fire eight days into deadly rocket and missile attacks that have killed at least 5 Israelis and 124 Palestinians.
“This is a critical moment for the region,’ said Secretary Clinton. ‘Egypt’s new government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone of regional stability and peace.”
The cease fire comes on the day Israeli citizens became the direct targets. No one died when a bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv as it passed the Israeli army headquarters. The blast injured at least two dozen people, some seriously.
This was the first terror attack in Tel Aviv since 2006. Hamas praised the attack, but did not claim responsibility.
‘What happened today in Tel Aviv was a heroic operation that lifted the head of Palestine high and lifted Gaza high,’ said Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman. ‘We need more of these painful strikes inside the depth of Israel in all the towns and cities and villages of Israel. All these cities and towns and villages should witness heroic operations such as this so we could have this battle decided with Israeli occupier.’
Israeli bombs and shells turned buildings and bridges into rubble in a night that saw at least 100 strikes into Gaza. And Hamas rockets fired from Gaza into Israel cause their own destruction to lives and property.
Sirens warn of incoming rockets, but that`s so yesterday. Now, there`s an app for that, thanks to a 13-year-old boy from Beersheba, a town along the Gaza border.
It`s called ‘Color Red’, and it`s a free app that`s been downloaded more than 130,000 times in the past week. It even has the endorsement of the Israeli government, which sent out a notice urging people to download it.
As with any app, ‘Code Red’ will need the occasional update, but its developer may have the time for it. His school is closed because of the ongoing rocket attacks.