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February 1, 2015 / 12 Shevat, 5775
 
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IDF Resumes Offensive after Rocket Attack on Tel Aviv

Twenty Days, 30 terror tunnels destroyed and 2,200 rockets fired at Israel. The price: 43 soldiers.
IDF tank units position for invasion of Gaza

IDF tank units position for invasion of Gaza

The IDF announced late Sunday morning it is resuming its offense against Hamas terrorists following massive rocket and missile fire that targeted metropolitan Tel Aviv despite Israel’s extension of a humanitarian ceasefire at the request of the United Nations.

“Following Hamas’ incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window, which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population in Gaza.,” military spokesmen stated. “The IDF will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip. The IDF has repeatedly called out to the civilian population of Gaza not to approach combat zones.”

Sources reported mid-morning on Sunday that the Israeli Air Force targeted several areas in Gaza.

Hamas fired missiles and rockets as far north as Petach Tikvah, north of Tel Aviv, Sunday morning, and the Iron Dome shot down the rocket and one other missile. No damage or injuries were reported.

Terrorists fired at least seven rockets and missiles shortly around 8:30. Five that were not intercepted by the Iron Dome exploded in open areas.

The IDF reported that soldiers have found and destroyed 30 tunnels used by terrorists to escape or to stage attacks on Israelis since the beginning of the war, which has claimed the lives of 43 soldiers, two Israeli citizens and a foreign worker from Thailand. One wounded soldier remains in the hospital in critical condition, and another 133 are being treated for light to serious injuries.

Hamas and other Gaza terrorists have launched more than 2,250 rockets, mortar shells and missiles at Israel since the beginning of the 20-day-old war. The Iron Dome has intercepted 414 of them. Several hundred rockets have misfired and exploded in Gaza, killing and wounding civilians.

The Air Force has struck approximately 2,700 targets, and military officials estimate that the Israeli war on terror has sapped Hamas’ morale, drastically reduced its stockpile of weapons and has eliminated leading Hamas commanders.

Gaza is devastated, and the current humanitarian truce has given the local population an opportunity to dig out bodies and realize the extent of the devastation as a result of IDF attacks on terrorists responsible for relentless rocket attacks on most of Israel.

Houses, mosques used by terrorists to fire on Israel, and infrastructure have been seriously damaged or destroyed, and Washington Post journalist William Booth reported Sunday, “Local reporters and Gaza residents said the scale of destruction in the areas targeted — the acres of bombed housing — exceeded damage done in the two previous wars of 2009 and 2012.”

Several reports have claimed that popular opinion in Gaza is turning against Gaza.

“We want a cease fire at any cost,” Mohammed Hassounah told FoxNews.com from a hospital in central Gaza.

Hamas has threatened journalists to keep their reportage biased against Israel or face recriminations, and one Gaza media editor, who insisted on remaining anonymous, told Fox News, “You need to understand that Palestinian blood has been shed by Hamas itself. Living under Hamas is a tragedy.

“No one can forgive Hamas for butchering Palestinians to get power. Most Gazans hate Hamas with a passion.

“We would love to have an independence from both Fatah and Hamas, who are profiting off the Palestinian people. We need to rule ourselves.”

The Toronto Globe & Mail wrongly estimated on Friday that Hamas is winning the war because its goal is to make life in Israel abnormal. Basing its information on a Hamas legislator, the newspaper reported, “The militants have brought the war to the doorstep of many more Israelis than ever before… And with its labyrinth of tunnels beneath Israel’s frontier, Hamas has undermined Israelis’ sense of invulnerability.”

It highlighted what Hamas has claimed are civilian deaths in Israeli land, sea and aerial attacks on terror targets.

However, the success of the Iron Dome antimissile system and of the IDF to prevent terrorists from emerging from tunnels inside Israel and carrying out massacres has brought out national unity and a feeling of security that arguably has not been seen in the country possibly since the Six-Day-War in 1967.

The liberal center-left electronic and print media are solidly behind the government, and criticism of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been rare. Polls have shown that he has landslide support, and the only vocal criticism has come from extreme left-wingers and Israeli Arabs, thousands of whom demonstrated in Tel Aviv Saturday night before the police dispersed them as Hamas renewed rocket fire towards the area.

The international community is finding it difficult to justify Hamas, which has been exposed by UNRWA as well as an excellent IDF information campaign as being guilty of war crimes.

It damaged itself even more Saturday night and Sunday be refusing to extend the humanitarian truce and launching rockets n Israel, which unilaterally extended ceasefire.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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62 Responses to “IDF Resumes Offensive after Rocket Attack on Tel Aviv”

  1. Gene Strong says:

    Destroy Hamas and Gaza.

  2. Gene Strong says:

    Destroy Hamas and Gaza.

  3. Judy Hawkins says:

    Praying for the Peace of Israel/Jerusalem…

  4. Sobriety Jon says:

    Hamas must not be allowed one single more day.

  5. Sobriety Jon says:

    Hamas must not be allowed one single more day.

  6. Sobriety Jon says:

    Its always true what dragon you dont deal with will deal with you

  7. Sobriety Jon says:

    Its always true what dragon you dont deal with will deal with you

  8. Chaya Mindal says:

    For what? Now they wont stop until we do what they want!

  9. Chaya Mindal says:

    For what? Now they wont stop until we do what they want!

  10. Sobriety Jon says:

    Isreal May God put your hands on all the neck of your voluntary enemies.

  11. Sobriety Jon says:

    Isreal May God put your hands on all the neck of your voluntary enemies.

  12. Linda Bax says:

    Great work IDF! But I’m also sad about our men that died! :(

  13. Linda Bax says:

    Great work IDF! But I’m also sad about our men that died! :(

  14. Please protect our brave soldiers

  15. Michael Rowe says:

    The price to the Israelis cannot be measured in money, for there is not enough money in the world to pay for one jewish life

  16. Michael Rowe says:

    The price to the Israelis cannot be measured in money, for there is not enough money in the world to pay for one jewish life

  17. Tony Mark says:

    Could we have a Comment from UNHRW or UN, or CNN, Or BBC, UNHRC
    about this Blatent act of Piracy, Hamas Arrogance, call it what you like,,,, Where are the International medias now?? Why aren’t they pointing an accusing fingre at the HAMAS?

  18. Tony Mark says:

    Could we have a Comment from UNHRW or UN, or CNN, Or BBC, UNHRC
    about this Blatent act of Piracy, Hamas Arrogance, call it what you like,,,, Where are the International medias now?? Why aren’t they pointing an accusing fingre at the HAMAS?

  19. Eva Perl says:

    it is your fault because you want to be the most moral army. Why?

  20. Eva Perl says:

    it is your fault because you want to be the most moral army. Why?

  21. this time no mercy for hamas…G-D bless and protect ISRAEL

  22. this time no mercy for hamas…G-D bless and protect ISRAEL

  23. Chez Israel says:

    Eva Perl – they choose to be moral because if they don’t, they are no better than the scum and vermin from whom they are protecting Israel

  24. Chez Israel says:

    Eva Perl – they choose to be moral because if they don’t, they are no better than the scum and vermin from whom they are protecting Israel

  25. Chez Israel says:

    Yaqoob Abbasi – you believe what you like; your paedophile prophet and ‘god’ of hate will NEVER EVER destroy our God of love and his people. Good luck loser and GOD BLESS ISRAEL

  26. Chez Israel says:

    Yaqoob Abbasi – you believe what you like; your paedophile prophet and ‘god’ of hate will NEVER EVER destroy our God of love and his people. Good luck loser and GOD BLESS ISRAEL

  27. Geela Gordon says:

    kill the scums hamas

  28. Leo Nathan says:

    NO TALK TALK OF CEAE FIRE CARRY OUT COLLETRAL DAMAGE

  29. Get rid of all the tunnels first

  30. Sam Kanj says:

    To the Jewish press, can you please show us images of these terror tunnels. It would be good to see what they look like. I’ve seen enough murdering and killing of innocent children by the IDF, so seeing these tunnels would be a first as the IDF claims to justify their war on terrorism.

  31. Leo Nathan says:

    KEEP THE FIREWORKS GOING

  32. Ali Haider says:

    Muslims unite soon and crush these Israeli rapers,killers,Berbers and devils…

  33. Ali Haider says:

    Muslims unite soon and crush these Israeli rapers,killers,Berbers and devils…

  34. Usman Rasool says:

    What about more than 1000 Palestinian civilians martyred? Including infants children n women! That doesn’t include in the cost Palestine is paying?

  35. Usman Rasool says:

    What about more than 1000 Palestinian civilians martyred? Including infants children n women! That doesn’t include in the cost Palestine is paying?

  36. if Hamas spent as much effort building Gaza for its civilian population as it does on tunnels there would be no need for war

  37. Go go go Israel IDF! Cut off hamas escape route

  38. Israel cannot kill innocent people if hamas arw men enough to come out in the open and fight, instead of using hospitals and schools as shields. Shame on you hamas cowards!

  39. The price, 43 soldiers? How about more than 1,000 Palestinian CIVILIANS? Children, babies. Israel is committing war crimes and using collective punishment. The price? The world now turns against Israel.

  40. The price, 43 soldiers? How about more than 1,000 Palestinian CIVILIANS? Children, babies. Israel is committing war crimes and using collective punishment. The price? The world now turns against Israel.

  41. Kill all Hamas? The IDF are killing CIVILIANS, not Hamas.

  42. Great work? Being investigated for war crimes.. Killing over 1,000 civilians…

  43. Destroy Gaza? What about the Palestinians?

  44. Destroy the wild beasts

  45. Don’t put innocents in the line of fire and don’t build tunnels.

  46. Linda Bax says:

    Sarah blame that on Hamas if you support terrorists then you support the work of satan, Hamas is using civilians as shields don’t blame israel, Israel are not the war criminals here, Hamas is, so go talk your lies to someone that will listen I won’t!

  47. Civilians in the line of fire? Like the kids on the beach?

  48. Why would a mother let her kids play on a beach when missiles are flying over head. Those people are crazy

  49. The IDF don’t want to kill innocent civilians. They’re merciful unlike the barbaric Hamas who hide behind their own children & women. http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/13/world/meast/mideast-tensions/

  50. How about the home for the disabled?

  51. Rolly Cruz says:

    No mercy IDF kill them all

  52. and get rid of Hamas teachings and indoctrinations of kids in martyrdom and terror methods:

    http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/3801.htm

  53. and get rid of Hamas teachings and indoctrinations of kids in martyrdom and terror methods:

    http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/3801.htm

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