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‘Pillar of Cloud’ Operation Launched to Punish Gazan Terror (Updated)

The IAF has begun an attack on terrorist target in Gaza.

The IAF has begun an attack on terrorist target in Gaza.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperaon's Office

Update, 5:34 PM, Israel Time: The IDF carried out an extensive attack damaging to the long-range launch capabilities (over 25 miles) of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The attack caused significant damage to underground launch systems and weapons and ammunition storehouses belonging to terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip. The purpose of the attack is to disrupt the launch capabilities of terrorist organizations and damage terrorist network buildup.

At 4:10 PM Israel time, Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz approved an extensive attack against Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip. As part of this campaign, the IDF attacked a car driven by the head of the military wing of Hamas in Gaza, Ahmed Jabari. Jabari led the Hamas terrorist organization in recent years and directly coordinated numerous deadly attacks against Israel.

The purpose of the campaign, dubbed ‘Pillar of Cloud,’ is to strike a blow at the command and control of Hamas and to undermine the organization’s terrorist infrastructure. For the time being the operation is intended as a surgical strike of the IDF, in collaboration with the ISA (Israel Security Agency or Shabak), with targets picked based on accurate intelligence and advanced fire capabilities.

The IDF will continue to attack targets that are serving as bases for terror against Israeli civilians. The Army will do the maximum to improve the security of Israel’s southern communities and improve the security situation around the Gaza Strip. Home Front Command and emergency authorities have taken all the require steps and Israeli citizens are being asked to follow Home Front Command instructions.

IDF spokesman Brigadier General Yoav (Poly) Mordechai said that IDF operations got underway following the “intolerable situation in the south of Israel, in order to harm the terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.” During the night IDF Chief of Staff Gantz approved a highly detailed plan – but as of now, all the options are open for inflicting serious damage on Hamas and other terrorist organizations.”

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63 Responses to “‘Pillar of Cloud’ Operation Launched to Punish Gazan Terror (Updated)”

  1. Mariam Fakhar says:

    Israel’s assault on Gaza raises doubts that it has any interest in finding the lasting peace settlement it proclaims to want. Does the campaign have an alternative objective as part of a strategy to engineer a strike on Iran? It’s probably the world’s most tragic never-ending story.For almost 65 years now, Israel has been bombing, maiming and humiliating the Palestinians, bulldozing their homes and placing Gaza in lock-down mode turning it into the world’s largest concentration camp.In the latest outbreak of violence this week both sides are accusing the other, “You started it!”Who knows? At this stage, does it really matter anymore who started the violence? On Wednesday 14th, an Israeli helicopter attack killed Hamas military wing leader Ahmed Jabari, triggering a violent reaction from Hamas which rained little rockets over southern Israeli towns, which in turn brought in more Israeli air attacks killing 19, injuring 100 and leaving six children dead.Dejá-vù: it’s January 2009’s “Operation Cast Lead” revisited; this time they’re dubbing it “Operation Pillar of Defense.”Clearly, Israel’s right-wing leaders do not want a peaceful agreement with the Palestinians.That’s why they’ve systematically sabotaged all possibility of reaching a two-state solution.The last honest Israeli who tried to bring peace was Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, until he was gunned down in the streets of Tel-Aviv in November 1995; not by an Islamic fanatic, not by some mad Neo-Nazi, but by one Ygal Amir: an ultra-right-wing Zionist fanatic linked to both the fundamentalist Settlers’ Movement and Israel’s security agency Shin-Beth.Since then, Israel’s extreme right-wing Apartheidists have called the shots and will continue doing so even more now that Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has merged with Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu.Maybe this latest bout of Palestine-bashing is their way of celebrating their new Gross Partei….

  2. Anonymous says:

    Israel’s assault on Gaza raises doubts that it has any interest in finding the lasting peace settlement it proclaims to want. Does the campaign have an alternative objective as part of a strategy to engineer a strike on Iran? It’s probably the world’s most tragic never-ending story.For almost 65 years now, Israel has been bombing, maiming and humiliating the Palestinians, bulldozing their homes and placing Gaza in lock-down mode turning it into the world’s largest concentration camp.In the latest outbreak of violence this week both sides are accusing the other, “You started it!”Who knows? At this stage, does it really matter anymore who started the violence? On Wednesday 14th, an Israeli helicopter attack killed Hamas military wing leader Ahmed Jabari, triggering a violent reaction from Hamas which rained little rockets over southern Israeli towns, which in turn brought in more Israeli air attacks killing 19, injuring 100 and leaving six children dead.Dejá-vù: it’s January 2009’s “Operation Cast Lead” revisited; this time they’re dubbing it “Operation Pillar of Defense.”Clearly, Israel’s right-wing leaders do not want a peaceful agreement with the Palestinians.That’s why they’ve systematically sabotaged all possibility of reaching a two-state solution.The last honest Israeli who tried to bring peace was Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, until he was gunned down in the streets of Tel-Aviv in November 1995; not by an Islamic fanatic, not by some mad Neo-Nazi, but by one Ygal Amir: an ultra-right-wing Zionist fanatic linked to both the fundamentalist Settlers’ Movement and Israel’s security agency Shin-Beth.Since then, Israel’s extreme right-wing Apartheidists have called the shots and will continue doing so even more now that Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has merged with Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu.Maybe this latest bout of Palestine-bashing is their way of celebrating their new Gross Partei….

  3. Yori Yanover says:

    Sean Winkler — And the thought is: I hate those Jews and want them all in the sea. Because it can't be about freedom and all that, since Gaza has been free and clear from Jews for 7 years now, and still all they engage in doing is try to kill Jews.

  4. Yori Yanover says:

    I'm glad you found time in your busy schedule, what with protesting the massacring of 300 civilians a day in Syria, blowing up markets in Iraq, public hangings in Iran and cutting arms in Saudi Arabia — to visit our little corner of the galaxy. So, you despise us. Stand in line — most of you do. But we'll try to move on with our lives and accept that not everyone loves us. Just a warning — the line of those who hate us includes some pretty nasty folks, so — watch your back…

  5. Yori Yanover says:

    How about if they do that right after they're done "stepping in" in Syria, where some 40,000 civilians have been killed since January of 2011. I'm just saying.

  6. Sean Winkler says:

    Oh Yori how incorrect you are of me! Your assumption, that I despise you, could not be further from the truth. I have listened to your people, I have sat with Muslims and Jews together. And I know there can be peace. Peace does not come at the end of a gun, and peace does not come by stealing more and more Palestinian land. Please my friend, do some reading from your OWN people: http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/homeintro.htm

  7. Mariam Fakhar says:

    God is never with the oppressor.He might lose the leash of the dogs to see how far they can go.

  8. Mariam Fakhar says:

    God is never with the oppressor.He might lose the leash of the dogs to see how far they can go.

  9. Anonymous says:

    God can never be the oppressor, he sometime unleash the dogs to see how far they can go.Your time is coming, go and look at the History of the whole world. No oppressor could survive fora long time and their History were written an evil.

  10. Maurice Brandman says:

    This is not a 'punishment' but rather an effort to contain and diminish the terrorist capability to continue rocket attacks aimed at our civilian population. This is not only the right of every government of every country but an obligation to protect its citizens.

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