Monday, Feb. 2, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad pounded Israel for a second day, firing 80 rockets – sure that Israel’s reaction would be carefully calibrated a week before election day. After the first day, the Israeli air force struck Jihad targets around Damascus as well as scores of its sites in the Gaza Strip.
By going into a second day of rocket fire, the Palestinian terrorist group directly challenged the IDF. It also made Ashkelon, with its port and industrial zone, the largest Israeli town under heavy rocket fire. There were no casualties in the two-day Jihad blitz, although a food factory in Ashkelon took a direct hit, largely due to the high number of interceptions by Iron Dome defense batteries.