Live Updates – Operation Pillar of Defense

Stand For Israel is closely monitoring events in Israel and Gaza and will keep you posted on events as they happen.

1:17pm – This just in from Haaretz: “Rockets fired from direction of Egypt toward Eshkol Regional Council.” And Times of Israel:

Channel 2 news is reporting on a barrage of mortar shells fired towards Kerem Shalom, near the Israeli border with Egypt. Initial reports are saying the mortars were fired from the Sinai Peninsula, an indication that terrorist groups there may be joining the hostilities.

12:50pmFrom Haaretz: “Three Palestinians, including commander in Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Abu Jalal, were killed during IDF strike in central Gaza. The IDF says the attack targeted a terror cell that was about to launch rockets toward Israel.”

12:39pm – Residents of Gaza have reported power outages throughout the day.

12:05pm – “The IDF says it has struck over 500 terror targets in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense on Wednesday afternoon.” (Times of Israel)

Image taken from the southern Isreali town of Sderot, looking into the Gaza Strip (Photo credit: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

11:49am – According to Haaretz, Israel’s Defense Minister has approved a call-up of 75,000 reserve soldiers – that’s 45,000 more than originally planned.

11:37am – Hooray, Arab Spring! Egypt’s President Morsi says “Gaza will not remain alone as it was,” adding that Israel “know they will pay a heavy price if they continue their aggression.” Sound like a guy with a functioning peace treaty with Israel? Yeah, not to us, either.

Florence Broder

11:00am – Visit our Bridge blog for perspective from Israel from Fellowship friend Florence Broder. She writes,

“Part of me is scared right now. I even wonder if I should go back to America. But I pray for the strength to ride this out, because it’s important, and Israel is my home.”

10:33am - Israel’s Channel 2 has reported the confirmation of a direct hit on a house near Kiryat Malachi, in southern Israel. Though no casualities have been reported at present, rescue forces are on their way to the scene.

9:48am - Times of Israel reports,The M-75 missiles that Hamas claims to have fired at Jerusalem traveled an estimated 70 or more kilometers (45 miles) before exploding south of the capital. There is no known missile type known as the M-75.”

9:15am- The IDF has confirmed a rocket strike outside of Jerusalem. The rocket is said to have landed 14 kilometers (8 miles) south of downtown Jerusalem, near the settlement bloc of Gush Etzion; no injuries or damage was reported (Source: Times of Israel Live Blog).

And from Reuters, a confirmation from Hamas: “The armed wing of Islamist group Hamas said it fired a Qassam rocket towards Jerusalem, minutes after air raid sirens sounded around the holy city.”

8:52amBREAKING NEWS: Air raid sirens have sounded in Jerusalem. Follow @IDFSpokesperson and @StandforIsrael on Twitter for updates.

8:00am - For the second straight day, warning sirens have rung throughout Tel Aviv. Check out this photo from Twitter user @NextGenJews: “This is the morning train in #TelAviv. As sirens blare passengers duck for cover.”

7:42am: Anti-Israel protesters in San Francisco in front of the Israeli Consulate. Remember, they don’t hate Israel, or Jews. They just want “justice” for Palestinians. Uh-huh.

6:59amSteve Huntley in the Chicago Sun-Times: “Over the next few days you’re going to hear a lot of analysis and commentary offering up this nuanced explanation or that complex interpretation for the latest round of Israel-Hamas fighting in the Gaza Strip … But there’s nothing nuanced or complex about them. Both represent the simple fact of the persistent, uncompromising, never-ending rejection of the state of Israel by the Palestinians and their Arab and Muslim supporters.” Well put!

6:51am – Rocket sirens sound in Tel Aviv for the second straight day.

November 15

8:47pm – All those wondering if the IDF violated Twitter’s terms of service by “boasting” about killing an arch-terrorist (hint: they aren’t wondering, they just hate Israel) might want to ask themselves if calling for a new Holocaust violates Twitter’s terms of service.

8:29pm – The Magen David Adom emergency service announced that it has treated 54 people since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, including the three people killed this morning in Kiryat Malachi.

8:20pm - “Pallywood” on display in Gaza! Check out this video from Honest Reporting in which a “wounded” Palestinian man is carried away for “medical attention” only to be up and walking around moments later. This is a common occurrence in Gaza and the West Bank – feigned injuries for an eager foreign press.

6:30pm – The U.S. Senate has passed, by unanimous consent, a resolution reaffirming Israel’s right to self-defense. The resolution, that SFI members have been calling their senators about all afternoon, was coauthored by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) with 64 other senators cosponsoring.

4:21pm – It is now after midnight in Israel, and the IDF has recapped the last 24 hours of Operation Pillar of Defense on its blog. Read the recap here, and continue to pray for the our brothers and sisters in Israel.

4:00pmFrom Haaretz.com … The United States has asked countries that have contact with Hamas to urge the group to stop its recent rocket attacks from Gaza. White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters:

“We’ve … urged those that have a degree of influence with Hamas such as Turkey, and Egypt and some of our European partners to use that influence to urge Hamas to de-escalate.

3:30pm - Israel is moving troops toward Gaza: At least a dozen trucks carrying tanks, armored vehicles were seen late Thursday moving toward border area, while buses ferried soldiers; Barak asks government to okay reserves call-up ahead of possible ground invasion.

2:38pm - 4.5 million Israelis, over half the population of the Holy Land, is under attack. An update on the crisis in Israel from Ambassador Michael Oren:

 

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2:00pm – During the past hour, the IDF has targeted some 70 underground, medium range rocket launching sites in Gaza, and direct hits have been confirmed by the IDF Spokesperson. Blackouts have been reported throughout Gaza due to the IAF strike.

12:40pm30,000 reserve IDF soldiers will be called as Israel prepares for possible ground incursion into Gaza.

“IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz has authorized the army’s regular units to prepare for a ground operation,”  IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai told Channel 2 earlier in the day.

Photo: IDF

11:44amFrom the IDF Spokesperson:  ”The numbers since yesterday … 274 rockets have struck Israel; 105 Iron Dome interceptions.”

10:58am - Reports indicate that two booms were heard in Tel Aviv following the warning sirens we reported 20 minutes ago.  To be clear, the Tel Aviv area is home to 42% of the population of Israel. One of the arguments made by residents of southern Israel has been that the country has only allowed the rocket fire to persist because most of the population of the country is not under fire. If rockets have, in fact, landed in Tel Aviv, we can expect a severe response from the IDF – perhaps a ground incursion.

10:38am - Rocket warning sirens sound in Tel Aviv and Bnei Brak, Haaretz reports.

10:18am - The IDF’s chief of police, Amos Gilad, confirms reports that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is sending government officials to Gaza to act as human shields.

10:00am – The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement to the foreign press:

In recent days and weeks, Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza have made normal life impossible for over one million Israelis. No government would tolerate a situation where nearly a fifth of its people live under a constant barrage of rockets and missile fire, and Israel will not tolerate this situation.

Watch the Prime Minister’s speech here:

 

2:00pm – During the past hour, the IDF has targeted some 70 underground, medium range rocket launching sites in Gaza, and direct hits have been confirmed by the IDF Spokesperson. Blackouts have been reported throughout Gaza due to the IAF strike.

12:40pm – 30,000 reserve IDF soldiers will be called as Israel prepares for possible ground incursion into Gaza.

“IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz has authorized the army’s regular units to prepare for a ground operation,” IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai told Channel 2 earlier in the day.

Photo: IDF

11:44am – From the IDF Spokesperson: ”The numbers since yesterday … 274 rockets have struck Israel; 105 Iron Dome interceptions.”

10:58am – Reports indicate that two booms were heard in Tel Aviv following the warning sirens we reported 20 minutes ago. To be clear, the Tel Aviv area is home to 42% of the population of Israel. One of the arguments made by residents of southern Israel has been that the country has only allowed the rocket fire to persist because most of the population of the country is not under fire. If rockets have, in fact, landed in Tel Aviv, we can expect a severe response from the IDF – perhaps a ground incursion.

10:38am – Rocket warning sirens sound in Tel Aviv and Bnei Brak, Haaretz reports.

10:18am – The IDF’s chief of police, Amos Gilad, confirms reports that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is sending government officials to Gaza to act as human shields.

10:00am – The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement to the foreign press:

In recent days and weeks, Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza have made normal life impossible for over one million Israelis. No government would tolerate a situation where nearly a fifth of its people live under a constant barrage of rockets and missile fire, and Israel will not tolerate this situation.

Watch the Prime Minister’s speech here:

9:12amBreaking news from the IDF Spokesperson: “A rocket fired from Gaza struck an open area near Rishon LeZion, a city with more than 200,000 people.”

8:30am - An 8-month old girl injured in Kiryat Malachi this morning. Reports say that her father was one of the fatalities in the rocket attack that killed three.

 

(Photo: Gideon Rahamim)

8:09am – The names of the three Israelis killed this morning have not been officially released, but there is a report as to their identities. We’ll hold off identifying the dead until the names are officially released, but the report cites a source from the Chabad movement that one of those killed was a 25 year old Chabad shlucha (female emissary) to New Dehli, India. She was visiting Israel this week for the memorial service of Chabad Mumbai terror victims Gabi and Rivka Holtzberg. The fourth Hebrew anniversary of their brutal murder is today.

6:47am - More than 200 terrorist rockets have been fired at Israel since Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense.

5:35amThree Israelis were killed this morning in the town of Kiryat Malachi when a rocket hit their apartment building.

November 14

9:48 pm - “Today we relayed a clear message to the Hamas organization and other terrorist organizations,” Netanyahu told reporters. “And if there is a need, the IDF is prepared to broaden the operation. We will continue to do everything in order to protect our citizens.”

7:20pm - Whoa. Check out the IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed. “We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.” Can we get a #AMEN?

 7:09pm - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon phoned Egyptian President Morsi today and “expressed strong support for the leadership being exercised by Egypt to restore calm in the region.” Wonder if that was before or after Morsi recalled his ambassador from Israel.

7:00pm - With the UN Security Council set to meet in one hour, we thought we’d remind you which countries sit on that important body. The five permanent members – all of which have veto power over the council’s actions – are the U.S., U.K., France, Russia, and China. The non-permanent members are: Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal, South Africa, Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan, and Togo.

 6:57pm - High comedy from Damascus. Assad regime, knee deep in killing its own people, condemns “barbaric Israeli crimes against Palestinians people.”

6:26pm - U.N. Security Council to meet in closed session at 9pm ET to discuss Israel and Gaza. Wanna bet they’ll issue a commendation to Israel for killing Jabari?

3:21pm - U.S. State Department releases a strong statement in support of Israel!

“We strongly condemn the barrage of rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel, and we regret the death and injury of innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians caused by the ensuing violence. There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel. We call on those responsible to stop these cowardly acts immediately. We support Israel’s right to defend itself, and we encourage Israel to continue to take every effort to avoid civilian casualties.

“Hamas claims to have the best interests of the Palestinian people at heart, yet it continues to engage in violence that is counterproductive to the Palestinian cause. Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza or to move the Palestinian people any closer to achieving self determination.”

3:00pm - Reuters is reporting that the Israeli ambassador to Egypt and his staff have left Cairo. Egypt recalled its ambassador to Israel a few hours ago, but this seems to be related more to the safety of the Israeli staff than a response to Egypt’s diplomatic protest.

 


Author: Stand for Israel | November 16, 2012

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