Technically you are correct. Home-made rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel during the first intifada. But the first Qassams, were fired into Israel on 10 February 2002, well after the Israeli 2001 blockade had been imposed on Gaza. My comment, ?and thus the rockets,? was not referring to the deputy prime ministers comment. It is interesting that your attention was drawn to when the rockets were first fired, rather than the nearly genocidal violation of human rights Israeli blockade.
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