Yesterday and Saturday, Israeli Air Force (IAF) jets attacked smuggling tunnels that run beneath the Philadelphi Road along the Egypt-Gaza border.

Secondary explosions followed the IAF strikes, proving the presence of munitions. The strikes followed on the heels of a series of Palestinian attacks against Israeli targets on Friday and Saturday.

During Friday’s attacks, Palestinians fired a Grad rocket at the city of Gan Yavne, more than 30 miles from Gaza, and only 18 miles from Tel Aviv.

The Israel radar system identified the rocket-fire, yet the same alarm system failed to respond due to a technical malfunction.

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Three Qassam rockets were also fired over the weekend out of Gaza that landed in open fields in the Eshkol and Shaar Hanegev regions that are adjacent to Gaza. On Saturday afternoon, a bomb was detonated near an Israeli army patrol that moved near the border fence in central Gaza.

On Friday, the IAF, attacked a Hamas weapons production installations in northern Gaza. A few hours earlier in the day, the IAF attacked two terrorists who were riding a motorcycle to the east of Khan Yunis. Motorcycles have become a very popular mode of transportation among terrorists, who work on the assumption that it is more difficult to attack a motorcycle. In the case in question, however, the IAF missile struck near the motorcycle, killing one of the terrorists and causing the other one serious injuries.

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David Bedein
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: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.