By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:
A rocket, shot from the northern part of Hamas-controlled Gaza, exploded en-route to Israel.
The rocket was aimed at the southern Israeli port city of Ashkelon. Thankfully, it exploded prematurely, early on during its flight.
This rocket is the latest exchange in the increasingly tense situation between Israelis and Palestinians.
Tensions ratcheted up when three Israeli-Arab terrorists killed two Druze-
Israeli border guards in the Old City of Jerusalem. The murder took place just outside the compound of the Temple Mount. The terrorists ran into the grand plaza for protection after the attack. Two of the three were killed by the Israeli army responding to the attack. The third was injured and arrested. One of the terrorists posted about his need to defend al Aqsa, the mosque atop the Temple Mount.
Israel shut the Temple Mount for 36 hours and then re-opened it up after setting up metal detectors. This past Friday, the Muslim Sabbath day, the day when most Arab worshipers come to pray at the Mount, Palestinian leaders called for protests until the metal detectors were taken down. In response, Palestinians rioted.
Three Palestinian youths were killed during Friday's rioting.
And on Friday night a Palestinian terrorist broke into a Jewish settlement and then into a private home as a family was enjoying their Sabbath evening dinner. Three members of the family were killed, a fourth was seriously injured. This terrorist wrote on his facebook page that he loves people and is peaceful and happy, but he can't sit still, he must defend Al Aqsa.
Palestinian President Abbas has cancelled all interaction with Israel until the metal detectors are taken down.
And now much of the Arab world is echoing the call to defend al Aqsa from the Jews.
Tensions will only continue to escalate.
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