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Merkava tank near Gaza, July 17, 2014.

Sgt. Eitan Barak (20) of Herzeliya was killed overnight during the initial stage of the ground operation into Gaza.

Palestinian media reported that the soldier was killed by Palestinian “militants,” but Channel 1 said the soldier was killed by friendly fire. Five additional soldiers light to moderate wounds in separate incidents.


The targets included the home of Abdullah al-Shami, an Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza City.

IDF soldier guards weapons caught inside a tunnel near Kibbutz Sufa, July 17, 2014,

According to the IDF Spokesperson, since 8 pm Thursday until 6 am Friday morning, over 143 targets were hit, including some 20 rocket launchers. Palestinian sources also reported that 10 Palestinians were killed in the overnight strikes. The army also said overnight that an additional 18,000 reserve soldiers would be called up for the ground operation.

Responding to the tragedy, Likud MK Zeev Elkin, chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said the ground war would continue as long as necessary. He said Israel would make no concessions to Hamas, and that the terror gang will be weakened as a result of the current flare up.

MK Zeev Elkin

Hamas must be forced to stop firing rockets and must be brought to a point where it is asking for ceasefire,” Elkiin said.

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  1. I just read the first Tzahal soldier has died in the ground offensive. Already there are 60 posts on the Jewish Press article many by Christians. Here’s the thing.

    Jews, the armies of Israel (the tzeva’ot khayil L’yisra’el) have been in a battle for thousands of years defending what we are and we can die in more than one way. Just like the pagan nations that always surrounded Jews, Christians have both murdered us physically but also spiritually. A Christianized Jew is a dead Jew, and just as Christians now “support” Israel against Hamas and terrorism they also support a Hamas and terrorism of Christian missionaries trying to convert Jews to paganism to worship a dead god as evil as any other enemy of Israel.

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