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July 26, 2014 / 28 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
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3,400 Targets Hit by IDF So Far, Tunnels Remain Major Threat

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

As Operation Protective Edge continues into its third week, IDF soldiers killed 15 terrorists in the past 24 hours. The force struck 35 targets in Gaza. The total is now 3,400 hit by the IDF.

The tunnels remain a massive threat to the security of the State of Israel. Hamas is still trying to carry out attacks in Israeli territory via the tunnels.

Late Wednesday IDF soldiers discovered a major tunnel containing maps, IDF uniforms and weaponry for an imminent attack.

In another incident Israeli fighter pilots were summoned by a unit of Combat Engineers who spotted terrorists emerging from a tunnel. The IAF struck the cell, eliminating the threat of another terrorist attack.

Troops from the Givati Brigade arrested 150 terror suspects in a sweep carried out in Rafah, which straddles the border between Gaza and Egypt. As with others over the past week, one of the terrorists was dressed as an IDF soldier, indicating he was planning to infiltrate into Israel to carry out a terror attack and possibly an abduction via a terrorist tunnel.

More than 200 terrorists have been eliminated thus far during the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge.

The IDF has lost 32 warriors in this war.

In some of their homes, they found manuals on how to operate certain weapons, how to booby trap a house and how to plant explosives. Some of the guide books provided intelligence about units of the Israeli army.

At least 98 rockets were fired at Israel on Wednesday, with 25 intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. A total of 2,270 rockets have been fired at Israel since the beginning of the operation. The Iron Dome has intercepted 448, at a cost of $50,000 apiece. Dangerous shrapnel falls from the skies each time there is an interception, with Home Front Command constantly warning curious Israelis and others in the area not to touch the various bits and pieces they find on the ground, since they too can cause injury. A foreign worker was killed by a rocket while working in a field.

To date, the IDF has also uncovered 31 terror tunnels, all of which were intended to be used to carry out attacks and abductions in Israel. Thus far, engineers collapsed nine of them.

Over 30,000 People Pay Respects to IDF Sgt. Max Steinberg in Jerusalem [video]

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

(Jerusalem) Over 30,000 people paid their respects to lone soldier, Sgt. Max Steinberg at his funeral on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, yesterday morning.

Steinberg was killed battling Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, July 20 and was among the 13 IDF soldiers who were killed when a Hamas anti-tank rocket struck their armored vehicle.

Steinberg, like the 2,700 lone soldiers who have come from abroad and are currently serving in the IDF, had no family in Israel. The Los Angeles native first came to Israel in 2012 on a Birthright Israel trip and joined the IDF’s elite Golani brigade six months later.

Because he was a lone soldier, Steinberg was assisted by the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center, an organization whose mission is to help lone soldiers during their IDF service.

Josh Flaster, the National Director of the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center, who knew Steinberg, told Tazpit News Agency that it has been a very difficult time for the center, which serves as a warm-knit community for IDF soldiers alone in Israel.

“The Center in this kind of situation is working around the clock, getting our lone soldiers the assistance they need in such times – everything from clean socks, underwear and food to words of encouragement to lone soldiers right before they head out to Gaza.”

“Some of our lone soldiers have lost their best friends on the battlefield during this war; some have been wounded. We have over 250 volunteers, most of who were former lone soldiers themselves and have fought in battles, who are talking to the soldiers and helping in any way they can,” said Flaster.

“For example, wounded soldiers carried off the field, do not have their phones or wallets with them. We go down the hospitals and give these lone soldiers pocket money and anything else they need, because their families aren’t here to do that for them.”

The center also makes sure that proper respect is paid to the lone soldiers who have been killed in battle, organizing busses to funerals and sending volunteers to the mourning families coming from abroad.

On Monday, June 21, over 20,000 mourners gathered together in Haifa for the funeral of Sean Carmeli, a lone soldier from Texas who was also killed in Sunday’s fighting, alongside Steinberg.

Former lone soldier, Benji Davis, who made aliyah from Los Angeles attended Max Steinberg’s funeral today and spoke of the brotherhood that is felt among the lone soldiers serving in the IDF and their unique unity with the Jewish world. “Max’s passing reminds us that the IDF is not just the Israel Defense Forces, but it is the army for all the Jewish people, an army that defends Jews from all over the world,” Davis told Tazpit.

“I didn’t know Max personally but I realized today what it means to be fully Israeli. As someone said at the funeral – to be Israeli is to cry for someone that you never knew and who feels like your family. That is exactly how I felt today.”

“It was incredible to see tens of thousands of others feel that way too,” added Davis.

Field Shower

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Tomer Sargon of Netivot heard that IDF soldiers haven’t been able to bath in days, for lack of water and showering facilities out in the field.

So he took it upon himself to help, by driving down to the Gaza border with a truck filled with huge water containers, just so the soldiers could have a field shower.

Kol HaKavod.

War Diary: A Letter to My California Cousins

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

There is much I can write you about what is going here, but I am wondering what I should not write.

I will start by imagining that I am you, sitting at home in the Los Angeles area and flipping back and forth between the weather, traffic reports, the Ukraine, Mexican illegals and Gaza.

No matter what is reported in the United States about the war, the pictures inevitably are those of bloodied Gaza children who were killed by IDF forces today.

For the first time in the past two decades of conflicts with Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and Hezbollah, Israel has found itself in a live or die situation in which Hamas, like Hezbollah eight years ago, uses civilians as human shields, a war crime.

Any other country would have finished this war in a day by carpet bombing terror-infested areas, no matter the cost of lives. A couple of thousands of innocent people would have been killed, Israel would be condemned left and right, but by sheer might, the IDF would have been able to continue to take over the rest of Gaza. The Arabs there would know they would meet the same fate as the first 2,000 if they cooperated with Hamas and allowed themselves to be exploited.

Unlike many others, I am happy the world judges Israel by the double standard because in order to be a Light Unto Nations, we really have to stick to our own standard.

That is why the IDF did not carpet bomb Gaza today. It also cannot continue to allow Hamas to threaten our existence by committing the war crime of using civilians as human shields. Those civilians killed today were innocent victims. I will not get into the argument if they were victims of the IDF and Hamas. I know the answer, and everyone can come up with his own conclusion.

I will say that whatever news you read, it is not complete.

Back in 1981 or 1982, I was a senior copy editor for one of Canada’s largest newspapers. That is a fancy title for five people who sit at a desk, rip off wire copy and decide what you will read and what you will not read.

At that time, I was totally out of touch with family. I had rejected Judaism for journalism and certainly had no connection with Israel. I never did. I never was a Zionist. I refused to look at pictures from Israel when my parents, may their memory be for a blessing, came back from their first trip here in 1960. My reason was that the country is not a religious state. At that time, at the age of 16, I was very, very observant.

So with that background, with no knowledge of Israel and not a care about the country, I read the wire copy that reported about the war in Lebanon. Every day, I read about the IDF “invading” and bombing Lebanon, and somewhere later in the articles, I read that Hezbollah had fired rockets on the Galilee.

This went on day after day. I read between the lines and told myself that something did not make sense. That is when I gave up journalism and set in motion my eventual return to Judaism. The spark of being a Jew never is extinguished.

I walked into the office one day and announced I was quitting the highest paying job I ever had and ever will have in my life. I didn’t even think of explaining why. No one would have understood.

There is in inherent bias in foreign media that Israel is wrong. “Objective” news reports are reported with the assumption that something is not right with Israel. That is true in the spiritual sense. Israel still is not what people want it to be.

UN Confirmed No Patients in Terror-Hospital that IAF Bombed [video]

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The UN confirmed to the IDF Wednesday that the Al Wafa hospital used by Hamas as a base for terror and bombed by the Israeli Air Force Wednesday had been evacuated of patients before the Israeli Air Force bombed it, as reported by The Jewish Press here earlier today.

“The Al-Wafa hospital housed a Hamas command and control center and was utilized to direct and supervise the ongoing battles in the area. Among the hospital grounds, there was a lookout post, used to gather intelligence and monitor IDF forces activities in order to carry out attacks, and there were several access shafts to​ ​the Hamas tunnel network from within the hospital,” IDF spokesmen said.

The hospital was evacuated from patients and staff and continued to be occupied by Hamas gunmen who continued to fire at the IDF forces.

“The head of the Israeli Coordination and Liaison Administration with Gaza confirmed with the head of the WHO (World Health Organization) in Gaza that he has informed the hospital manager three times, that the premises should be vacated,” the IDF statement said. “The head of the WHO stated that the hospital manager declared there were no patients or staff in the hospital, and that the building is empty. This was confirmed by the Gaza CLA” on Wednesday.

The footage below shows secondary explosions, indicating an extensive amount of weaponry was stored.

Hamas told foreign media that civilians were killed in the bombing raid.

Chabad Gives New Tefillin to Wounded Soldiers Who Lost Them in Battle

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Wounded IDF soldiers whose tefillin were destroyed in clashes with Hamas received a pleasant surprise in the hospital on Wednesday with a brand new set presented by Young Chabad, the Kikar Shabbat website reported.

Several troops told visitors in the hospital that they were without their tefillin, and the Lubavitch House in Paris responded quickly to help fulfill a request to replace them.

Members of Young Chabad visited the soldiers the same day with a visit and a gift of new tefillin.

One woman from Pisgat Ze’ev, in northern Jerusalem, said that her son, who suffered injuries that required the amputation of one leg, learned in Chabad while in Morocco.

“This is the most important gift for my son,” she said.

An Israeli Hero Returns to Fight

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Col. Rasan Alian, commander of the Golani Brigade, was wounded while fighting Hamas in Gaza. On July 22, he returned to his troops after recovering in Israel.

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