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Why Were Children Playing on a Gaza Beach When IDF Targeted a Terror Site?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Four Gaza children are dead in the aftermath of an attack Wednesday afternoon by the Israeli Navy that was aimed at Hamas terrorist operatives in Gaza City.  The incident, which raised an international outcry, is under investigation by the IDF.

Washington Post journalist William Booth reported in a column for the newspaper that Hamas often uses a site near the civilian hotel along the beach as a launching pad from which to fire rocket attacks against Israel. “It is not unusual for militants to launch rockets from sites near my hotel,” he wrote in his column on July 16.

A New York Times reporter also noted that a structure near the beach had been targeted in the attack by the IDF.

“My driver and I rushed to the window to see what had happened. A small shack atop a sea wall at the fishing port had been struck by an Israeli bomb or missile and was burning… “

It is clear the IDF was not just firing at little boys on the beach, but rather was aiming at a specific structure; most likely a concealed rocket launcher, similar to the hundreds of others that have been targeted and destroyed by IAF pilots over the past year.

If Hamas had not used the site to attack Israel, the IDF would not have fired at the spot to silence the rocket fire – Israel’s standard response to Hamas attacks.

Gaza residents have been repeatedly warned to distance themselves from terrorist sites and terrorist activity in order to remain safe and avoid endangering their children. The IDF has made phone calls to their homes and sent text messages to their cell phones, and dropped flyers in their neighborhoods to warn them to evacuate areas they intend to attack.

For comparison purposes:

Between 2001-2014, some 21,000 to 23,000 civilians were killed in Afghanistan.

Between 2001-2014, 20,000 to 30,000 civilians were killed in Pakistan.

Between 2001-2014, 133,000 to 147,000 civilians were killed in Iraq.

All these civilians were all killed by U.S., French, British and German forces.

Have any of those nations dropped flyers, made phone calls or otherwise notified the civilians in the targeted territories prior to launching their attacks?

Israeli, 37, First Casualty of Operation Protective Edge

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The first person to die in Operation Protective Edge was a civilian, not a soldier, and gave up his life to distribute food to those fighting for others.

The family has asked that his name not be released, even though it was already widely publicized.

The man, a 37-year-old resident of Beit Aryeh, and was handing out food to soldiers at an IDF base near the Erez crossing with Gaza when Hamas terrorists launched a mortar attack.

The man, who has also volunteered for Chabad in his community, was caught in the shelling and didn’t make it to shelter in time. His body was riddled with shrapnel; he was pronounced dead at Barzilai Hospital in nearby Ashkelon.

A second man, age 44, was also wounded in the attack. He too was distributing food at the time but had not yet left the car when the shelling began. Hospital officials told an interviewer on Israeli Army Radio that he suffered shrapnel wounds to the face but was listed in good condition.

More than 100 rockets, missiles and mortar shells were fired at Israel from Gaza by 9pm on Tuesday alone. At least four exploded in residential areas and 10 others were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

IDF Soldier Wounded by Shrapnel

Monday, July 14th, 2014

An IDF soldier sustained shrapnel wounds early Monday afternoon during an attack by Gaza terrorists as they shelled Eshkol Regional Council.

The soldier is listed in light condition, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Guide to The Latest Gaza Terrorist Arsenal

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

As ground forces of the IDF prepare to enter Gaza, Israel’s Air Force, Navy and Security Agency (Shin Bet) intelligence agents continue to operate on other fronts.

Israeli civilians are taking a deep breath and continuing to carry on their daily affairs as much as humanly possible given the situation and the missiles being fired at their families and homes.

Gaza terrorist groups are competing to see who can launch the missile at Israel that flies the farthest, fastest. All are deeply frustrated by their failure to score a significant “hit,” according to military analysts.

Hamas has made a number of attempts to strike the Dimona nuclear reactor. Each time, the group’s newest acquisition, the Syrian-made M302 missile, has failed to deliver — instead, it was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

The M302 as a range of 160 kilometers (100 miles) and carries a warhead weighing approximately 144 kilograms (318 pounds.) From Gaza, it can reach as far as Nahariya, north of Haifa, but it is not clear whether that is with or without explosives in the warhead.

Late Thursday Hamas claimed that it deployed another new missile in its arsenal: the Iranian-made Sajl — or “Sejjil” (‘baked clay’ in Persian) rocket. The group said that so far it has launched 10 of these longer-range missiles — but the claim makes no sense.

It may instead be part of the signature disinformation campaign that marks the intermediate part of a Hamas military campaign — that which includes boasting, threats, the use of human shields, misinformation and wild exaggerations.

The true “medium range” Iranian Sejjil-2 is a ballistic missile that weighs 21.5 tons and measures 18.2 meters in length, with a diameter of 1.25 – 1.50 meters. It is propelled by solid fuel and has an operational range of 2,000 kilometers, and allegedly is harder to detect by anti-missile systems, as it is covered with anti-radar material. The missile is also more efficient as it requires less amount of time for prelaunch preparations, according to a 2009 statement by Iran’s Press TV.

It is odd to think of Iran gifting such a powerful, valuable weapon to Hamas, when the entire length of the State of Israel is only 260 miles, or 418 kilometers. But if Hamas were to fire such a weapon, one has to wonder where it would land; probably not anywhere in the Jewish State. With a range of 2,000 kilometers, one wrong launch could land Hamas in very hot water with its patrons, and Israel’s hostile northern neighbors.

Meanwhile, here is a quick guide to the rest of the arsenal currently being held by Hamas and its allies in Gaza, courtesy of the IDF:

Hamas Short range (15-20 km) Over 1,000 units of self-produced rockets (15 km) Over 2,500 units of smuggled rockets (15 km) Approx. 200 units of self-produced Grad rockets (20 km) Approx. 200 units of smuggled Grad rockets (20 km) Medium range (up to 45 km) Approx. 200 units of self-produced improved Grad rockets (45 km) Approx. 1,000 units of smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km) Medium-Long range (up to 80 km) Over 400 units of self-produced medium range rockets Several dozen of rockets (80 km) Long range (100-200 km) Tens of long-range rockets (100-200 km) In Total: Approximately 6,000 rockets

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Short range (15-20 km) Approx. 1,000 units of self-produced rockets (15 km) Approx. 1,000 units of smuggled rockets (15 km) Approx. 300 units of self-produced Grad rockets (20 km) Approx. 100 units of smuggled Grad rockets (20 km) Medium range (up to 45 km) Approx. 200 units of self-produced improved Grad rockets (45 km) Approx. 600 units of smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km) Medium-Long range (up to 80 km) Over 100 units of self-produced medium range rockets Several medium-long range rockets (80 km) In Total: Approximately 5,500 rockets

Other Terror Organizations Short range (15-20 km) Hundreds of self-produced and smuggled rockets including Grad rockets (15 km) Medium range (up to 45 km) Dozens of self-produced and smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km)

Mortar Fire Sends Israeli Families Racing for Safety

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Mortar shells rained down on the Eshkol Regional Council district in an attack launched from Gaza at southern Israel Wednesday afternoon.

Three of the shells exploded in open areas.

There were no initial reports of physical injuries or property damage.

About an hour after midnight Tuesday night, two mortar shells exploded in open areas in the same region, destroying the sleep of thousands of Israeli families who were forced to race for their shelters and safe rooms.

No one was injured and no property damage was reported.

Netanyahu: ‘God Will Avenge Their Blood’

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed at a briefing prior to a security cabinet meeting Tuesday night that God will “avenge the blood” of the three teens murdered by Arab terrorists on June 12.

The security cabinet is meeting to formulate its response to the escalation in terror, from Gaza as well as the attack that took the lives of the three teens in Gush Etzion.

Despite prompt and fierce retaliation to each rocket attack by the Israel Air Force, Gaza terrorists appear to be undeterred, launching increased rocket and mortar attacks aimed at southern Israel daily.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a brief statement in Tel Aviv prior to the start of the meeting.

“God will avenge their blood, the blood of the [three teens murdered by Hamas terrorists on June 12," he said.

“Our first objective is ... to reach the murderers – which we will do -- and anyone who participated in this. Anyone who had a hand in this despicable murder, their blood is on his head,” Netanyahu said grimly.

“We will track down each and every one.

“Second, we will destroy the infrastructure and the strength of Hamas in Judea and Samaria, in every corner of the region,” he vowed. “We have already done a great deal. We will continue until it is destroyed.

“Third, [our goal is] to destroy the strength of Hamas in Gaza.

“Hamas is responsible for the terror that took the lives of our three boys, and for the rocket fire directed against Israeli families. Hamas is now paying the price, and Hamas will continue to pay.

“Above all, our priority is to secure the safety of Israel’s citizens,” the prime minister said.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz joined Netanyahu at the briefing, adding a statement of his own and telling reporters that soldiers and officers were grieving together with the rest of Israel over the murders of the teens.

“Every officer, every soldier did every thing possible to successfully complete this search – to our sorrow, it ended in this way.

“We will continue [Operation Brother's Keeper] against Hamas and against our enemies with the same motivation and the same energy.

“We will not allow the communities of the south to continue to be threatened with attacks as they are today,” Gantz promised.

Two Mortar Shells Explode in Golan Heights after Netanyahu’s Visit

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Two mortar shells exploded in open areas in the central Golan Heights Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his entourage left the area following a visit.

No one was injured, and no damage was reported.

It is not known if Syrian soldiers or rebels were the source of the mortar fire and if they intentionally aimed at Israel after learning of the visit by the Prime Minister.

Sniper fire and mortar shell attacks have been frequent events in the Golan Heights during the past year of conflict in the Syrian civil war.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/two-mortar-shells-explode-in-golan-heights-after-netanyahus-visit/2014/02/18/

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