Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a strong statement on Thursday after four rockets fired from southern Lebanon hit northern Israel.
“We are deploying a wide range of means, both defensive and preventative,” he said in a statement. “We are acting responsibly. Anyone who attacks us, or tries to attack us, should know that we will get him.”
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system only intercepted one rocket—while the others hit in “open areas.” The rockets caused damaged but there were no casualties. Several people were treated for shock, however.
No group claimed responsibility, but according to the army’s initial assessments, global jihad elements in Lebanon, not Hezbollah, fired the rockets. The IDF did not return fire. […]
The Home Front Command instructed residents of the North to proceed as normal, adding that no special safety instructions were in place.
The message is part of the IDF’s assessment that the rocket fire was an isolated incident and did not mark the start of an escalation of violence.
The U.S. condemned the rocket fire, telling The Jerusalem Post that it was a “provocative act that undermines the stability of Lebanon and the security of Israel.”