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IDF: Summary Of Events For Past 8 Days of Fighting In Israel/gaza.

Operation Pillar of Defense: Summary of Events

Published on: November 22, 2012

On November 14, in response to incessant rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, the IDF launched a widespread campaign against terror targets in Gaza. The operation, called Pillar of Defense, had two main goals: cripple terror organizations in the Gaza Strip and defend Israelis living under fire. Here’s a summary of the events which took place during the operation.

The operation opened when the IDF surgically targeted Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas’ military wing in the Gaza Strip. Jabari was directly responsible for executing terror attacks against Israel in the past.


During the next eight days, the IDF targeted more than 1,500 terror sites across the Gaza Strip. The sites that were targeted were positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of several months, including:

Pillar of Defense Summary

Top-ranking Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists who were targeted included:

  • Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas’ military wing – targeted on November 14
  • Hab’s Hassan Us Msamch, senior operative in Hamas’ police – targeted on November 15
  • Ahmed Abu Jalal, Commander of the military wing in Al-Muazi – targeted on November 16
  • Khaled Shaer, senior operative in the anti-tank operations – targeted on November 16
  • Osama Kadi, senior operative in the smuggling operations in the southern Gaza Strip – targeted on November 17
  • Muhammad Kalb, senior operative in the aerial defense operations – targated on November 17
  • Ramz Harb, Islamic Jihad senior operative in propaganda in Gaza city – targeted on November 19

For the first time ever — Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups fired long-range rockets, such as the Fajr-5, toward Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Though the IDF severely damaged the terrorist organizations’ long-range rocket arsenal, more than 3.5 million Israelis are still under the threat of Hamas’ rocket fire.

Hamas Rocket Threat Ranges Map

Hamas Rocket Threat Ranges Map

Throughout the operation, the IDF did everything that it could to minimize harm to civilians in Gaza. Despite the IDF’s warnings, Hamas urged Palestinian civilians in Gaza to ignore the IDF warnings.

During the eight days of the operation — and in the weeks leading up to it — life was unbearable for more than 3.5 million Israelis. From November 14 to November 21, Palestinian terrorist groups fired more than 1,506 rockets at Israel.

House Hit By Rocket from Gaza

A damaged house in the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council following a direct hit by a rocket fired from Gaza. November 16, 2012

Of those 1,506 rockets fired from Gaza, more than 800 rockets struck Israel, damaging homes, schools and other civilian areas. Some of rockets reached the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas.

421 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome, which saved countless Israeli lives. 152 rockets fired from Gaza crashed back into Gaza.

Despite the IDF’s best efforts to protect everyone in Israel, five Israeli civilians were killed due to rocket fire, while an additional 240 Israeli civilians were injured. In addition, Cpl. Yosef Fartuk, 18, from Emmanuel, was killed on November 20 by a rocket fired from Gaza into Israel.

Since Hamas seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, the terrorist group has turned the coastal area into a forward base for Iran. The IDF is determined to continue targeting sites that are used to carry out terror attacks against Israel and its citizens.

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  1. CounterRevolution
    November 22, 2012 at 07:46

    As long as the Mohammedans hide amongst the civilians they are pretending to support there will be civilian casualties. As long as “Civilians” believe the Jihadists represent them they will live next door. This is the problem with 7th Century political beliefs, they aren’t relevant to any society except those they wish to control and who look up to them. We used to call them BARBARIANS, now we call it Pan-Arabism.

    • November 22, 2012 at 08:56

      I call them muslims.

      The “peaceful” ones are that way ONLY because they haven’t got the population numbers and political power here yet. That’s changing rapidly. As soon as they get what they desire, there will be killing. The murderers aren’t “extremists”. They are doing EXACTLY what their quran commands of them.

      • CounterRevolution
        November 22, 2012 at 09:40

        “Mohammedans” is not politically correct but accurate and is most often used by apostate Muslims. Mohammed was a sick individual who gloried in the death,robbery and subjugation of his fellow man. Do you know where, when and why the practice of “praying to Allah ( the Moon God) by prostrating yourself in the direction of Mecca” began? It will curdle your blood.

        I have many Muslim friends (none of which are true practitioners, just raised that way by their parents) of both major sects and I think they “go along to get along” with our way of life but would not find it too difficult to fit in if Sharia was more integrated in our society. I’m always wary of what I say in their presence. As the Koran says to them, “don’t make friends among the unbelievers”.

        Just as Marxism cannot exist in a free Republic, neither can “Islam”, both are totalitarian by nature and both require belief in their system, not logic. The former Soviet Union (which is still run by ideologues) promoted the hatred of the United States and our Republic throughout the Arab world as a PsyOps program to cause the turmoil we now face. Obama has turned on the Country that (mistakenly) elected him. We are in DEEP DODO.

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