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Day 16 of Operation ‘Protective Edge’ – CoS Gantz: “We Are in The Right Direction”

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The IDF is continuing its mission to destroy Hamas’ terror infrastructure. Some 200 terror targets were attacked yesterday, 1833 since the beginning of the ground operation.

Hamas continues to use civilian buildings as fortifications. Rockets were fired at tanks yesterday from a mosque in Khan-Yunis. Staff Sgt. Evyatar Turegeman was killed from these rockets. Only after making a clear identification of the source did the IAF retaliate. Later on, more anti-tank rockets were fired in Khan-Yunis. Four terrorists were killed in that battle. A massive weapons cache was exposed by a Special Forces unit in the center of the Strip. The cache included heavy machine guns and anti-tank rockets. IDF Spokesman Motti Almoz announced this morning that the IDF has gained control of most the terror tunnels in Gaza. 28 attack tunnels have been exposed so far.

Two IDF soldiers were killed last night on the battlefield. Capt. Dmitri Levitas, 26, of the Armored Corps, was shot by a sniper. First Lieutenant Natan Cohen, 23, also of the Armored Corps also died in combat. 29 soldiers have fallen during Operation ‘Protective Edge’.

A situational assessment took place yesterday as part of Operation ‘Protective Edge’ with President Shimon Peres, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and the members of General Staff. As part of the assessment President Peres was briefed by GOC Intelligence Maj-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Sammy Turgeman and GOC Operations Maj.-Gen. Yoav Har-Even.

Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gantz stated that, “This is an operation which proves our combined work; every person sitting around this table is a full partner to this ongoing battle. We are pained by the losses but have no doubt that we are in the right direction to achieve the objectives set by the political leadership and we are committed to continuing in our mission to bring quiet and security to the citizens of Israel.” Gantz saluted President Peres for his role in establishing Israel’s security apparatus. Defense Minister Ya’alon added, “The soldiers and officers who we are meeting are professional and committed. Our forces are fighting an enemy which disappears between civilians.”

Following the briefing President Peres said, “Supporting the bereaved families at this time gives me strength. We are meeting a young generation, unfortunately after they fell in battle, and learning how wonderful they are. I don’t remember a period of such solidarity between citizens and soldiers, between soldiers and parents. This is our victory of humanity. I am concluding my service but beginning my reserve duty. From my experience I can say that I don’t recall a military command that instilled such faith in the people. I leave here with great pride. As a citizen of Israel I thank you from the depths of my heart.”

Depite the heavy fighting and continued terror attacks Israel continued to provide the Gaza Strip with the supplies and the field hospital established for them is still running. 57 trucks entered Gaza yesterday, carrying 216,000 liters of petrol and 44 tons of gas. In total, 778 provision trucks have entered Gaza since the beginning of the operation.

For the second time in less than a week, UNRWA has said that it found rockets in one of its schools in Gaza. “UNRWA strongly and unequivocally condemns the group or groups responsible for this flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” the agency stated. UNRWA claims it will launch a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.

Over the past 24 hours 90 rockets were fired at Israel form Gaza, including at the Tel Aviv area, where people were wounded. One of hit an empty kindergarten in southern Israel.18 of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system. The Iron Dome shot down its 1000th rocket yesterday.

Shabbat Roundup: 2 Soldiers Killed in Infiltration, 1 Bedouin Killed by Rocket

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Motzei Shabbat: Cleared for publication.

In a terror attack on Shabbat morning (Shabbat), Gaza terrorists emerged from a tunnel in the Be’eri region and attacked an IDF jeep, killing 2 IDF soldiers.

Sgt. Adar Bresno (20) Nahariya HY”D

Major Amotz Greenberg (45) from Hod HaSharon HY”D

The Hamas terrorists were planning to massacre the citizens of a nearby town.

One of the nine terrorist was killed. The rest managed to escape.

The terrorists were wearing IDF uniforms.

The army believes there may be as many as 20 more tunnels like these entering into Israel.

Additionally, in fighting today in Gaza, 2 IDF officers were seriously wounded, 3 officers and 1 soldier were moderately wounded and 5 soldiers were lightly wounded in battles with the terrorists.

A soldier was wounded on Saturday evening by an IDF tank’s active defense system which activated when an RPG which was launched at the tank. Apparently, the soldier was outside the tank and was seriously wounded by shrapnel. The soldier was transported to Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva for treatment.

 

70 Hamas terrorists have been killed since IDF ground troops entered into Gaza. 34 tunnel entrances have been discovered, 5 of which had already reached under the Gaza border, and into Israel.

Hamas terrorist launched a large number of rockets over Shabbat towards the Tel Aviv area and the rest of Israel.

One of the dozen rockets aimed at the Dimona nuclear reactor killed a Bedouin near Dimona, Aluj Aday (32). Hamas is hoping to hit the reactor and cause a nuclear holocaust in Israel.

That rocket at Dimona also injured two additional members of the man’s family, including a small boy and a baby.

 

The IDF discovered multiple terror tunnels in Gaza, during searches yesterday and today, as well as homes lined with explosives:

Terror tunnel found in Gaza

Terror tunnel found in Gaza

Terror tunnel found in Gaza

Terror tunnel found in Gaza

 

Tunnel in Gaza 3

IDF Shoots Down Gazan Drone over Ashdod

Monday, July 14th, 2014

At 6:34am, we reported a rocket siren over Ashdod.

It’s now been discovered that what the IDF shot down was not a rocket, but an unmanned drone launched from Gaza.

While we don’t yet know the capabilities and range of the drone, it does represent an escalation of Gaza’s capabilities and attempts to attack Israel.

The drone was shot down by a Patriot missile. This was the first time a Patriot has been launched at a target in Israel in 20 years.

Electricity Knocked Out in Gaza (Thanks to Hamas)

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Since this round of rocket attacks began against Israel, the average Israeli citizen has asked a simple and straightforward question, “Why is Israel still supply Gaza with electricity as they fire rockets upon us?

The situation is quite surreal, especially since Gaza (or the Palestinian Authority) still hasn’t paid its electric bill.

Israelis understand that at some point the Gazan population would quite possibly demand or force Hamas to stop shooting rockets at Israel, if presented with the right combination of non-lethal incentives.

There are reports that PM Netanyahu killed the idea, saying the lawyers won’t permit it.

Well, what Netanyahu isn’t prepared to do, Hamas will do for him.

70,000 Gazans in Khan Younis and Dir Elbalach are now without electricity after a misfired Hamas rocket landed in Kissufim and knocked out the primary electric wires to their area.

It will be an interesting experiment to see who blinks first.

Will Israel fix the high tension overhead power cables or allow Hamas to fix them, or will Hamas be forced to stop firing when the its population begins to revolt after days and perhaps even weeks without electricity?

We’ll wait and see.

 

Update: PM Netanyahu spoke with Israel Electric Company (IEC) head Yiftach Ron-Tal, and told him he should not risk the lives of any electric company employees to fix the power lines.

As a result, the IEC has made a decision to fix the power cables, but not at this moment, as with the rockets flying down, its too dangerous to send workers there. When it is safer, they will go there and fix the problem.

 

 

Hamas Rockets Hit PA Controlled Bethlehem and Hebron, Oops

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Yesterday, one of our bloggers, Jameel@Muqata, asked the not so rhetorical question… should the IDF intercept a Hamas rocket that is going to their own citizens in Palestinian Authority controlled areas.

This evening, on Shabbat, at 6:57pm, multiple rockets were launched at the Gush Etzion area.

The IDF confirms that two Hamas rockets hit inside Palestinian Authority controlled cities.

One Hamas rocket hit in Bethlehem, the other in Hebron.

Hebron is a Hamas stronghold in Judea.

No reports yet if Abbas will file a complaint with the UN.

Live Updates: Gaza Rocket Launches (Last Update: 11:29 PM)

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

11:35 pm Iron Dome Intercepts. Residents hear 10 explosions overhead in Ashdod.

40 rockets launched at Israel in latest Gaza barrage.

11:29 pm Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Eshkol, Beer Tuvia, Hof Ashkelon, Yoav, Lachish, Shafir

11:26 pm Ashdod – sirens. And previous list again for a 2nd round.

11:22 pm Multiple sirens: Kiryat Malachi, Beer Tuvia, Yoav region, Ashkelon, Asdhod Region, Bnei Shimon region.

11:01 pm Red Alert Kiryat Malachi, Hof Ashkelon, Yoav, Lachish, Shafir, Eshkol

10:57pm Red Alert Netivot, Kiryat Malachi, Eshkol, Beer Tuvia, Bnei Shimon, Yoac, Sdot Negev, Shafir

9:58pm Another attempted infiltration into Zikim via the sea by 2 terrorists. These Hamas guys never learn. 2 terrorists dead. IDF says event is still ongoing, as searches continue.

9:57pm Red alert Yad Mordechai Erez

8:59pm IDF Spox; We will be increasing our strikes on Gaza in the coming hours.

8:05 PM Gush Dan, Beit Hana, Ness Tziona and surroundings … Yavneh Givat Brenner, Rehovot…

8:00pm Ashkelon

7:46pm Yerucham and Dimona Color… Ramat Negev, Be’er Milka Regional Council
7 rockets at Dimona. 3 taken down by Iron Dome.

7:35pm Rocket hit near kindergarten in Shaar HaNegev. Another building hit. Second in an open area.

7:26pm Comment: A reader (or two) complained about our joke in the email blast connected to this update.

Some (if not all, at this point) of our staff have had to run numerous times to the bomb shelter, and others have children stationed in the IDF preparing for God knows what, and let’s not get started on Milluim (please). Our way of dealing with the stress is with gallows humor. We apologize if you thought it was inappropriate, but for us, it is essential for our mental health and ability to deal with the stressful situation we are currently under.

Thank you for understanding, and it won’t happen again.

7:12pm Sderot, Sha’ar Hanegev

7:09pm Ashkekon. Iron Dome

7:05pm Ashkekon, Karmiya, Hof Ashkelon

6:55pm Hof Ashkelon and Shaar Hanegev

6:21pm Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev. 4 mortars. No injuries.

6:05pm Channel 2 reports a rocket was launched at Israel from the Sinai. No injuries reported.

6:01 PM Ofakim, Eshkol , Sdot Negev

5:40pm Red Alert Metar Rahat Eshkol, Al Kasum, Bnei Shimon, Har Hebron x3

5:10pm Iron Dome x2 Gush Dan Region

5:01pm Sirens in Bnei Shimon Region

4:39pm Red Alert Eshkol, Beer Tuvia, Yoav, Lachish, Mateh Yehuda, Shafir, Beit Gubrin, Aderet, Harel, Neve Shalom, Sderot

JM Police: Mateh Yehuda – Iron Dome fired. No damage or injuries reported.

4:12pm Sirens in Bnei Shimon and Merchavim regions, Ofakim.

4:03pm Color Red alerts in Ashkelon and Hof Ashkelon areas.

2:45pm Color Red alert in Netiv Ha’Asara and Erez

2:33pm Missile explosions in Soreq area

2:30pm Color Red alert in Zichron Yaakov and surrounds

2:24pm Color Red alert in Or Akiva, Binyamina, Bat Shlomo, Pardes, Caesaerea

2:17pm Color Red alert in Sderot, Giv’im, Sha’ar Am

1:18pm Color Red rocket alerts in Sederot and Shaar HaNegev regions.

12:39pm Yad Mordechai and Netiv Ha’Asara, Ashkelon Coastal Region Color Red alert

12:25pm Color Red alert Ein Hashlosha

12:23pm Color Red Alerts in Eshkol region

12:10pm Color Red alerts in Hof Ashkelon, Lachish and Shaar HaNegev regions.

11:59am IDF reports that anti aircraft weapons have fired at IAF jets from Gaza during the operation so far.

11:57am Barrage to Kirya Malachi, Nir Banim, Segula, Lachish Beer Tuvia, Yoav region, Gedera, Yad Binyamin, Soreq, Ashdod

10:58am Israel hit terrorist: Abdallah Difalla in his car in northern Gaza. Direct hit while he was riding his motorcycle. He is one of those responsible for Hamas for rocket attacks on Israel.

10:02am Sirens in Ashdod and surrounding areas

9:18am Two rockets explode in Eshkol region

9:04am Shrapnel discovered in Shfela region

9:03am Reports of sirens in Ofakim….

8;59am Color Red alerts in Ashkelon

8:51am Gaza border towns

8:41am Sirens in Tel Aviv. Multiple Iron Dome intercepts.

8:38am Travellers at Ben Gurion airport have been moved to safe locations….

8:36am Unconfirmed reports of at least 5 Iron Dome intercepts.

8:35am Sirens reported in Modiin.

8:31am SIRENS in Ashdod. x2

8:30am SIRENS IN GREATER TEL AVIV AND ASHDOD.

8:19am Color Red rocket alerts….Shaar HaNegev and Eshkol regions

8:01am Color red in ashkelon and eshkol regions

8:00am Good morning. This rocket update will be updates soon with the overnight attacks (if there’s time). We’re just recuperating from the busy night, last night.

Despite Rockets, 64 New American Olim Arrive in Israel Today

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Ben-Gurion Airport – Despite the deteriorating security situation, 64 new immigrants from the United States made aliyah to Israel today. The new Israelis hail from Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia, and range in age from eight months to 92 years.

Lottie Herman, the oldest member of the group, fled Germany to America in 1939. She will be settling in Jerusalem.

Another olah chadasha (new immigrant), 26-year-old Becky Kupchan, said she was moving from her native Chicago to Beer Sheva, the capital city of the Negev.

“Although the security situation in Israel is very tense right now, and in Beer Sheva where I’m about to move rockets are falling, I am not afraid. I trust the Israeli government and the IDF,” said Kupchan, after she arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport. “I’m a Jew and I’ve always dreamed about making Aliyah to Israel, my home — and at home you always feel safe.”

“The Olim who’ve chosen to make Aliya to Israel during these challenging days are real heroes, and each one of them fills our heart with pride and great inspiration,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “Becky from Chicago, who has chosen to live in the city of Beer Sheva in the South, is one of them and we will do whatever we can to assist her in her new home in the State of Israel.”

Tuesday’s group aliyah was made in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, KKL and JNF-USA, and Nefesh B’Nefesh.

According to Nefesh B’Nefesh 97% of its olim have remained in Israel thanks to its support programs and comprehensive social services to more than 38,000 newcomers.

The new Israeli citizens will be moving to Beit Shemesh, Givat Shmuel, Hadera, Jerusalem, Karmiel, Modiin, Nes Tziona, Ra’anana, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva.

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