NRK og mediene ellers bruker som oftest én målestokk: israelske drepte mot palestinske drepte. At palestinerne fortsetter å skyte raketter gjør at den moralske indignasjonen noe dempet, men styrkeforholdet betraktes som en moralsk forpliktelse om å vise tilbakeholdenhet, og proporsjonalitet. Det spørs om en norsk opinion ville reagerte like avmålt, om rakettene hadde krøpet stadig lenger innover. At iranske Grad-raketter fortsetter å slå inn i Ashkelon er en opptrapping Israel ikke kan leve med. Det falt raketter ned i byen både lørdag og søndag.
Gaza militants have managed to hit the outskirts of Ashkelon in rare instances in the past, but the latest fighting was the first time they’ve been able to do it on a regular basis.
A military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the need not to divulge internal strategy, said the harsh Israeli reaction was intended as a clear signal to Hamas that hitting Ashkelon will not be tolerated. The official said Israel was willing to go all the way to stress its point — including a large-scale ground invasion into Gaza and the assassination of Hamas’ political leadership.
Six people were wounded in Ashkelon on Saturday, after one rocket landed next to City Hall and another in the marina area. Another rocket struck Ashkelon on Sunday. One person was slightly wounded, medics said.
Ashkelon’s mayor said he was willing to sacrifice his residents’ sense of security for the short run, but would not accept the rockets becoming a normal reality.