Israel and Hamas came once again close to all-out war on Monday after one of the Palestinian terror groups in Gaza launched a long-range rocket at Moshav Mishmeret in central Israel destroying a house and wounding seven Israelis.
The IAF bombed dozens of Hamas terror tunnels and other military installations in Gaza while the Palestinian terror groups responded with at least 60 rockets destroying a house in the border town of Sederot.
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu decided to cut short his visit to Washington after the rocket attack and cancelled his annual speech before the AIPAC conference.
The Israeli PM concluded his meeting with US President Donald Trump about US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and flew home to hold security consultations with the heads of the IDF and the Israeli security agencies.
The official claimed Iran had gone over the heads of the Hamas leadership and had directly ordered an Islamic Jihad cell in Gaza to carry out the assault in order to influence the outcome of the Israeli election.
Senior Egyptian and Palestinian officials later confirmed the claim of the Hamas official and said they had evidence Iran was behind the latest escalation in Gaza.
The same officials confirmed that the Hamas leadership wasn’t aware of the preparations for the rocket launch but that the military wing of the terror organization, Izz-a-Din al-Qassam, gave its blessing to the attack.