As the first contestants in the Eurovision singing competition arrived in Israel for rehearsal week, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad shot approximately 700 rockets at Israeli civilians over 36 hours.

It would seem Hamas and PIJ could not resist the temptation. Hamas assumed that—what with Eurovision and all—they were primed to extract maximum concessions from the Israeli government. So, why not send 700 rockets to pound civilians at the beach on a Saturday morning, and throughout the day, and night and the following day, injuring hundreds and killing four?

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