Cairo talks end as Hamas fires rockets

A barrage of rockets was fired from Gaza at southern Israel after a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian groups was broken.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two of the rockets fired the evening of Aug. 19. Earlier in the day, rockets were fired at Beersheba in violation of the 24-hour extension of a five-day cease-fire. The Israeli military retaliated with strikes on Gaza.

Southern Israeli communities returned to emergency procedures in place before the cease-fire, and communities in southern and central Israel reopened public bomb shelters.

Israel recalled its delegation from the Cairo negotiations after the new rocket fire.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum suggested on Aug. 19 that more rocket fire on Israel was imminent, telling the Associated Press, “If Netanyahu doesn’t understand … the language of politics in Cairo, we know how to make him understand,” referring to Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel’s economy minister, Naftali Bennett, said about the resumption of rocket attacks, “When you want to beat a terror organization, you defeat it. When you hold negotiations with a terror organization, you get more terror.”

Bennett, who heads the Jewish Home party, called for a “harsh response” to Hamas. — jta