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Daybreak: Flood of Rockets Strike Southern Israel

Plus French authorities look back on their investigation of Toulouse gunman

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First Responders Act Following a Barrage of Rocket Fire in Southern Israel(Mail)

•  Since midnight in Israel over 70 rockets and mortar shells have been fired from Gaza into southern Israel. Hamas, which had previously claimed it was not participating in rockets attacks against Israel, claimed responsibility. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Iron Dome site near Ashkelon today. [JPost]

•  Stav Shaffir, one of the leaders of Israel’s J14 tent protest movement, writes on why she is running for Knesset. Shaffir will be a candidate with the Labour Party. [HuffPo]

•  The Times reports on how ultra-Orthodox women are delving into filmmaking, creating work that introduces them to the wider world and brings the world of cinema into their communities. [NYT]

The former head of the Mossad writes that Republican presidents have historically been the leaders more likely to “throw Israel under the bus.”  [NYT]

French authorities have authored a scathing reports about the failure of domestic intelligence agencies in investigating the gunman who killed seven people in Toulouse last year, including schoolchildren and a rabbi.  [France24]

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ginzy1 says:

“The former head of the Mossad…”

That should be “A former head of the Mossad…” and one generally considered to be a rather mediocre one, at best. Indeed the fabled Meir Dagan was parachuted in (pun intended) to the Mossad by Ariel Sharon to shake things up and and restore its clandestine warfare activities (e.g., like offing Iranian nuclear weapons personnel) which had become flaccid and incompetent under Halevy’s reign.

Bottom line: Take Halevy with a grain of salt. He is not that respected within Israel’s defense and security community. Which I am sure is why the Times in its reciprocally infinite wisdom decided he’s a world class expert.

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J’lem / Efrat

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Daybreak: Flood of Rockets Strike Southern Israel

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