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I write to you again regarding another series of serious incidents in southern Israel as a result of ongoing attacks from the Gaza Strip that is controlled by the Hamas terrorist organization. Since Monday, 13 September 2010, Hamas terrorists launched 14 rockets and mortars from the Gaza Strip that sought to terrorize the civilian populations in Ashkelon, as well as the Eshkol region to the south. Some of these attacks that deliberately targeted civilians contained white phosphorous, a fact publicly acknowledged by Palestinian statements in the media. In addition, during this same period, Palestinian terrorists fired rocket propelled grenades at Israeli soldiers conducting routine patrols along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Demonstrating the acute security challenges faced by Israel, this escalation takes place against the positive backdrop of renewed direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. In a concerted effort to derail peace talks, Hamas and other radical organizations have engaged in this deadly violence. Such terrorism coupled with Hamas’ total rejection of any negotiated settlement reinforced Israel’s decision to exercise its right of self-defence against Hamas and all other groups that threaten and endanger Israeli citizens.
In this respect, Israel expects the members of the international community that support peace negotiations and a two-state solution to unequivocally condemn Hamas’ latest attacks, which not only target Israeli civilians, but also the peace and security of the region.
I should be grateful if the present letter was circulated as a document of the Security Council.