Thursday, 22 November 2012

G-d: The Real Iron Dome.....................from Dan Friedman


[The craven Israeli “leadership” may have fallen short, but the G-d of Israel certainly did not. Hashem produced (at least) two manifest miracles for the Jews during Pillar of Defense. After over 1500 terrorist missiles were fired at Israel, the Hamas devils caused only relatively few casualties or damage in the Jewish state. And during the course of Pillar of Defense, Israel was forced to fight on the Arabs’ terms in densely populated urban settings. Yet during its massive bombardment, the Jewish army demonstrated uncanny pinpoint accuracy, and in large measure confined its devastating damage to the terrorists’ infrastructure, while the vast majority of Gaza fatalities were suffered by enemy combatants. For Israel and her true friends, a lot to be thankful for - and much too precious to waste. Let us go from strength to strength and once and for all get the thorn out of our side! df]
IDF Website, 11/21/12
A short while ago, a ceasefire agreement regarding the fighting in the south, came into effect. Following eight days of operations, the IDF has accomplished its pre-determined objectives for Operation Pillar of Defense, and has inflicted severe damage to Hamas and its military capabilities.
As a result of IDF operations, the command and control apparatus of Hamas was significantly struck, beginning with the targeting of the commander of the military wing of Hamas, Ahmed Jabri, continuing with the targeting of broad terrorist infrastructure, facilities and military bases, as well as the destruction of dozens of smuggling and explosive tunnels.
During the operation, the IDF damaged and destroyed significant elements of Hamas' strategic capabilities, among them. Amongst those capabilities were long-range (over 40 km) and hundreds of short- and medium-range rocket launchers. These actions have severely impaired Hamas' launching capabilities, resulting in a decreasing number of rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip. The 'Iron Dome' defense system has accomplished high rate of successful interceptions (84%) and Hamas' accuracy with regards to hitting populated areas within Israel remained below 7%.
IDF soldiers, in regular and reserve military service, gathered in assembly areas and prepared for the ground operation. Their time was used for training and improving their operational capabilities.
These operational achievements provided the underlying framework for this evening's ceasefire agreement.
At this time, Israeli residents are requested to continue to pay attention to Home Front Command's instructions.
Over the course of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF targeted over 1,500 terror sites including 19 senior command centers, operational control centers and Hamas' senior-rank headquarters, 30 senior operatives, damaging Hamas' command and control, hundreds of underground rocket launchers, 140 smuggling tunnels, 66 terror tunnels, dozens of Hamas operation rooms and bases, 26 weapon manufacturing and storage facilities and dozens of long-range rocket launchers and launch sites.
Senior Operatives Targeted:
14.11 – Ahmed Sai'd Halil Jabri, head of Hamas' military wing.
15.11 – Hab's Hassan Us Msamch, senior operative in Hamas' police.
16.11 – Ahmed Abu Jalal, Commander of the military wing in Al-Muazi
16.11 – Khaled Shayer, senior operative in the anti-tank operations.
17.11 – Osama Kadi, senior operative in the smuggling operations in the southern Gaza Strip.
17.11 – Muhammad Kalb, senior operative in the aerial defense operations.
19.11 – Ramz Harb, Islamic Jihad senior operative in propaganda in Gaza city.
Number of Rocket Launches Toward Israel During the Operation:
14.11 – 75
15.11 – 316
16.11 – 228
17.11 – 237
18.11 – 156
19.11 – 143
20.11 – 221
21.11 (Until 21:00) - 130
Rocket Launched Towards Israel:
Total number of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip – 1,506
Open areas – 875
Urban areas – 58
'Iron Dome' Interceptions – 421
Failed launching attempts – 152
Israeli Casualties:
Fatalities - 5
Injuries – 240
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JPost, 11/21/12
The IDF has killed 108 terrorists since the start of the air campaign in Gaza last week, the IDF said on Wednesday. It killed 30 overnight, according to a spokesperson.

Medical officials in Gaza say at least 138 people have been killed since last Wednesday, saying that 34 of them were children.

The Israel Air Force struck some 100 terror targets overnight Wednesday, including a floor of a Gaza media building the IDF said was being used by Hamas as its intelligence headquarters.

A central Hamas command post, a police station and a hideout for senior terrorists in southern Gaza were all hit in the air strikes. A Hamas aerial defense operated was targeted in an air strike, as was a terrorist seen firing a long-range rocket at Jerusalem on Tuesday, the IDF said.

The Navy shelled several rocket launching areas, a Hamas post and a building used to coordinate Hamas activities. Meanwhile, the IAF continued hitting underground rocket launchers, and struck tunnels used to transfer fuel to Gaza, which is then used for Hamas terror activities.

JPost.com staff contributed to this report.

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