Jerusalem – Two missiles fired from Gaza yesterday evening hit a southern Israeli kibbutz.


The “Color Red” alarm system did not go off this time, thereby prompting a scare among area residents who heard the explosions. Earlier yesterday, six mortar shells fired by the Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades and by the Popular Resistance Committees landed near another southern community. Israeli censorship did not allow the media to disclose which communities were hit.

Meanwhile, also yesterday morning, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers identified and killed four armed Palestinians attempting to place an explosive device near the Gaza security fence.

At the same time, however, the Israel government ministerial committee on national security affairs met yesterday and rejected the possibility of amending its decision from February to expand the structural reinforcement plan for communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip beyond the 3.5-mile range.

It is estimated that it could cost hundreds of millions of Israeli shekels beyond what had originally been estimated. The committee met in the wake of an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Southern Israeli communities are suing the Israeli government to demand more protection for their homes and for public buildings. With the six-month, cease-fire accord with Hamas scheduled to end Dec. 19, there is growing concern throughout southern Israel that Israel’s southern communities will suffer the most when Hamas unleashes some of its arsenal of 10,000 missiles on Israel

David Bedein can be reached at dbedein@israelbehindthenews.com.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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