The political temperature in the border zone is now the hottest since April 1996, when Israel launched a 17-day assault against Hizballah militants operating north of Israel's self-declared "security zone." That bloodshed led to a truce that neither side would attack civilians. Now that agreement is broken, and Benjamin Netanyahu is muttering darkly about a severe response to future rocket attacks. It seems that any small gains in peace negotiations with the Palestinians will be negligable compared to the brewing war up north.
KIRYAT SHEMONA: Residents of this northern Israeli border town woke up this morning to the sounds of Katyusha rockets bursting round them. Three locals were injured in the attack; now the town, fearing more fire from Hizballah, will spend tonight underground. The Iranian-backed "Party of God" claimed responsibility for the strike, and the stage is set for more violence.