Rocket Strike Cuts Netanyahu Trip Short


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was cutting his trip to the U.S. short after a rocket strike from Gaza hit a home north of Tel Aviv and injured several people, according to Reuters.

“In light of the security events I decided to cut short my visit to the U.S.,” he told Reuters.

Netanyahu, who had arrived Sunday for a four-day visit, will still meet with President Trump today before boarding his return flight to Israel this afternoon.

The rocket from Gaza landed on a home in the small agricultural town of Mishmeret, north of Tel Aviv, in early morning hours.

A military spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interception system had not been deployed in the area and was unable to bring down the rocket.

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It left one house destroyed in addition to the surrounding damage.

Reuters reported one infant, a 3-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl and 60-year-old woman were among those being treated for injuries.

Gaza had not claimed responsibility for the rocket but was reported to be preparing for retaliation.

“There was a criminal attack on the state of Israel and we will respond forcefully,” Netanyahu said in a video statement sent to The Wall Street Journal.

The border along Israel and Gaza just marked one year of continued border protests.

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President Trump recently expressed support for Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and is reportedly planning to make that statement official by signing a decree during today’s meeting, according to Reuters.

Netanyahu is running for an unprecedented fifth term.

The prime minister’s chief political rival, Benny Gantz, immediately issued a statement accusing Netanyahu of having “bankrupted national security” by permitting such attacks.

The election will be held Tuesday, April 9.

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