Israel Readies Measured Response to Gaza Rocket Attack

YERUSHALAYIM -

An Israeli defense official told reporters that the response to the rocket fire from Gaza earlier Thursday night will be strong but measured, in order to avoid escalating into a more serious conflict, and to allow time for Egyptian mediators to defuse the situation.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered cabinet members not to discuss the sensitive security situation in public, a senior official told The Times of Israel.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas terror group’s military wing, denied responsibility for the attack, and noting in a statement that “they were shot off during a meeting between the Hamas leadership and the Egyptian security delegation about understandings pertaining to the Gaza Strip.”

The municipalities of Yerushalayim and Tel Aviv both said that public events will go on as scheduled on Friday.