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August 13, 2013 3:41 pm

Israel’s Defense Minister Reassures Eilat Residents Following Rocket Attack, City’s Tourists Defiant

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North Beach, in Eilat. Photo: WikiCommons.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon assured residents of Eilat on Tuesday that their daily routines should continue as
normal following the interception by the Iron Dome missile defense system of a rocket fired from the Sinai towards the coastal city overnight by terrorists.

“Assuming there is a threat from Sinai, and whether or not a warning alarm is sounded, we operate under the assumption that terrorist activity in Sinai may extend over to Eilat and other communities on the Sinai border. For this reason we placed the Iron Dome battery [in Eilat] a month ago,” Ya’alon said during a tour of the northern border with Lebanon.

Ya’alon said IDF forces along the border with Egypt’s Sinai had been bolstered to defend Israel’s citizens.

Visitors to Israel’s southern city, a major destination for holidaymakers, currently at the height of tourist season, said they planned to continue “vacationing” as normal, despite the attack.

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“As a Jerusalemite I’m not used to such things,” one Israeli woman, who was vacationing with her family, told Israel’s Channel 2. “But there’s no way we’ll cancel our holiday. We will continue as usual, no terrorist organization will destroy our freedom, we came to enjoy and we’ll continue to do so.”

According to Channel 2, hotels in Eilat are near capacity because of the Summer season. Shabtai Shai, director of the Eilat Hotels Association, said that occupancy was currently at around 85% and all indications showed that new reservations were coming in at the usual pace.

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  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    This is directed at Zach Pontz, I read your articles most days and it is about time Reuters picked up on aggression directed at Israel from Gaza. I go through the BBC world news Middle East section, Reuters, occasionally the Telegraph picks up on relevant news from Israel. Why aren’t International media picking up on Israel’s persecution from so called Palestinians? I have never taken the attitude of the EU or other antisemitic nations with regard to the illegal squatting of Palestinians who hell bent on telling the world Israel is theirs. This is BS, they are lazy, see a thriving nation now with her own OIL and GAS and want to get their greedy little hands on Israel and be the Hero’s to the rest of the Arab enemies around Israel and believe they will then hold the balance of Power simply because they have fully occupied the most prominent and civilized nation in the middle east. Israel has built Israel in 65 years what the hell have the Arabs done?

    • steve kollander

      Brava!

  • Mike Bernstein

    I just returned from a trip to Israel. I didn’t go to Eilat, but I did see the boarder with Syria. As a small country surrounded by enemies, Israel must be proactive in protecting it’s citizens. Iron Dome is important for Israel’s future and you can be sure that the USA and many other countries are very interested in this technology. Once again, Israel is getting it right.

  • Joy

    If Israel fired a rocket into any Arab country, world newspapers would have it on the front page, blaring every little sob story out of it. But these stone age morons fire into Israel and journalists don’t even notice.

  • FORTUNE

    MAY THE EARTH OPEN UP UNDER THE RELEASED PRISONERS AND TUESDAY’S ROCKETEERS!!!!

    THE MEDIA IS SILENT BECAUSE ISRAEL DOESN’T BOAST OF OIL.

    THE SO-CALLED U.S. MAINSTREAM MEDIA ONLY KNOWS THE TERMS TEL AVIV, HAIFA, JERUSALEM AND WEST BANK. EILAT IS OFF THEIR RADAR.

  • harry freedman

    not only that, but the western media dont even report the criminal act of islamic pigs firing a rocket into a civilian area. should that have happened in any other place on earth, such a terrorist act would recieve front page headlines.
    how dare the media try and judge israel when their own moral and professional stance is so lacking

    • Beth

      Thank you Algemeiner for openly reporting the news that the mainstream media conceals…

  • yussi

    And people expect Israel to make peace with these sub human animals??

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