Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90
Black smoke rises over Gaza City following Israeli air strikes on Hamas targets.

The Security Cabinet has approved an IDF request to call up 40,000 reservists for Operation Protective Edge. Call-ups are expected to begin immediately and will last several days, raising the spectre that the army plans to use ground units to invade Gaza in order to put a stop to the rocket fire.

The request for additional manpower comes on the heels of an initial call up of 1,500 reservists on Monday. IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. Gantz said he needed additional troops to accomplish the goals of the operation as laid down by the civilian echelon.

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“Hamas and Islamic Jihad will be destroyed,” a senior IDF source told the website. “We have a green light to act without restraint… The terror organizations will learn in the coming days just what the IDF is made of and what its strength is,” the source said.

Operation Protective Edge is Israel’s response to hundreds of rocket attacks by Palestinian terrorists at civilian targets in southern Israel in recent weeks. The upswing in violence began with the abduction of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, but took a sharp turn for the worse when Hamas responded to Israel’s unprecedented manhunt for the boys by attacking the Gaza Belt region.

More than 50 rockets have hit Israel Tuesday, reaching as far as Beersheba and Ashdod.

Senior IDF officials said the government has not put a time limit on Operation Protective Edge. Senior politicians have warned that Israeli civilians would be called to display “patience,” acknowledging that it could take weeks to accomplish Netanyahu’s stated goal.

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81 COMMENTS

  1. Hey world, how are you?
    Yes, it’s us again… the people of Israel.
    The country so small, even it’s name won’t fit on the globe, and you have to write a part of it on the sea and some on the neighboring country.
    The only state of the Jewish people, in which they speak their own language, live their life and try to ensure that a holocaust like they suffered 60 years ago will not happen again.
    A country that contributed in its technological capabilities and innovation in its 60 years of existence a great contribution to humanity.
    We have a small request to you.
    No, no, do not get agitated, you are preoccupied with global warming, the energy crisis and global economic situation, we understand. We won’t take up much of your time.
    Also, how to put it? We do not have a lot of demands from you. Only a tiny one.
    In the coming days, IDF forces are going to (hopefully) take powerful and painful actions in a space from which terrorists fire, (you yourself defining them as such, world) to restore peace to the Israeli people.
    People leave their jobs, families, cancel their summer vacations and effort will be put to hurt back the villains whom a tank and a school, are equally important objectives to. Who view children as a legitimate shelter.
    Who think that launching “dumb” missiles at densely populated areas is a “legitimate” protest.
    No, we do not ask for help with troops.. not at all, dear world.
    We have our IDF soldiers. They are skilled and motivated. Believe us, they are the best in the world. The best investment of this country.
    We do not ask for weaponry either. We develop it ourselves and invest billions annually in technologies to ensure that children and the innocent are not harmed. We reached high capabilities of specific targeting, from all around you countries come and learn how to properly fight an asymmetric war.
    You also do not have to support us in words, if it’s too difficult. That would be nice, but anyway… you depend on Arab oil, and we understand that you do not want to annoy the guys with kafiyas on their head and hand on the tap.
    We know how it dramatically raises the price of a barrel of oil.
    We ask only one thing ..
    Do not interrupt.
    No country would allow its population centers to be targeted and bombed day and night by missiles, certainly not a country like us, which has the general size of New Jersey.
    No country would show tolerance like us, when its citizens of all ages become the target for the extremist religious terrorist organization that refuses to recognize it.
    We were quiet long enough, and the silence was replaced with the echoes of explosions.
    You know, world, your silence on issues like the massacre in Syria, human rights violations in China, suppressing minorities and LGBT in Russia is unfathomable.
    But somehow when it comes to the only country that separates murderous, borderless terrorism and the West, you suddenly have a lot to say. Loads.
    So just let us be.
    We don’t need you to teach us how to be moral, and certainly not how to guard our country. That’s what we’re here for.
    But if you are not going to help, as in so many times when you stood by and saw the Jews massacred because they are Jews, then at least do not interrupt.
    Just don’t interrupt.
    Thank you.
    All citizens of Israel.

  2. Obama is just showing his true colors to those who have been blinded by him for so long. I hope the Jewish nation those of who helped Obama become president finally wakes up to the horrific realities of their actions when they voted him in under protest from the clear minded. The palestinen government is run by genocidal evil lunatics who has no business being allied with the Americans. So much of our tax money has been poured into and waisted into the palestinen economy that it’s no wonder their are so many Americans still suffering at home.

  3. Obama is just showing his true colors to those who have been blinded by him for so long. I hope the Jewish nation those of who helped Obama become president finally wakes up to the horrific realities of their actions when they voted him in under protest from the clear minded. The palestinen government is run by genocidal evil lunatics who has no business being allied with the Americans. So much of our tax money has been poured into and waisted into the palestinen economy that it’s no wonder their are so many Americans still suffering at home.

  4. Obama is just showing his true colors to those who have been blinded by him for so long. I hope the Jewish nation those of who helped Obama become president finally wakes up to the horrific realities of their actions when they voted him in under protest from the clear minded. The palestinen government is run by genocidal evil lunatics who has no business being allied with the Americans. So much of our tax money has been poured into and waisted into the palestinen economy that it’s no wonder their are so many Americans still suffering at home.

  5. Obama is just showing his true colors to those who have been blinded by him for so long. I hope the Jewish nation those of who helped Obama become president finally wakes up to the horrific realities of their actions when they voted him in under protest from the clear minded. The palestinen government is run by genocidal evil lunatics who has no business being allied with the Americans. So much of our tax money has been poured into and waisted into the palestinen economy that it’s no wonder their are so many Americans still suffering at home.

  6. Israel DESERVES this because she has allowed this: this would NOT have happened unless Sharon HAD stayed in Gaza and the rest of Eretz Israel HAD FULLY supported the peace-keeping Gaza settlers. Also, NO rocket attack or ANY terrorist attack should EVER be allowed to occur without SWIFT, HARSH, and IMMEDIATE retaliation. When will Israel LEARN? Israel needs to do what Israel needs to do: INVADE Gaza and DECIMATE Hamas…screw Ovomit, the anti-semites at EU and at the UN.

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