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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Halting Gaza Attacks: Update on Operation Pillar of Defense

Nadene Goldfoot
150 rockets were launched by Hamas terrorists in this past week including 3 cross-border attacks.    Today Israel has carried out targeted strikes to break  up the places terrorists are shooting from.  Israel is not about to accept this escalation of rockets on Israeli citizens.

The IDF patrol was 200 meters west of the Gaza border when it was hit and caught on fire from the  missile shot by terrorists.  All 4 were wounded with one seriously with a head wound.  Ashkelon is only 6 miles away so they were probably taken there to the hospital.

Today Hamas fired the Fajr-5 with a range of almost 40 miles which puts 3 million Israelis within missile range. That could put Tel Aviv within range being it is about 44 miles away.  thousands of Gazans chanted wildly that they wanted their terrorists to hit Tel Aviv.   "Helped by the contraband trade through tunnels from Egypt, Gaza militias have smuggled in these longer-range rockets."

 Israel is made up of not quite 6 million Jews and 1.4 million Arabs. This means about half of the country must find a bomb shelter for survival.   Hamas thinks nothing of targeting civilians and shoots at them from populated areas on purpose such as placing their missile launchers near mosques, hospitals and schools.  Israel is trying to miss these centers.

Ahmed al-Jabri was targeted and killed who was the head of the Hamas military wing.  He had planned the kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.  He has been the planner of terrorist attacks that killed Israeli civilians and was the one that ordered terrorists to fire thousands of rockets at Israel.

Israel has the right and responsibility to protect the citizens of Israel and defend itself from these unwarrented terror attacks.  Obama gave his support to Israel to defend itself.  At least the US Department of State condemned the rockets fired from Gaza and also backed Israel's right to self-defense.

These are cowardly acts of Hamas and the other terror groups.  They are not taking on soldiers.  They fight while hiding behind women and children. That's why they are called "terrorists."   This operation comes after much restraint along with public and diplomatic warnings to Hamas to stop.  They have answered with more rockets fired.

Resource:  Embassy of Israel  Special alert.

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