After a relatively quiet night code red sirens just didn't stop today. Hamas shot another long range missile into Tel Aviv, and about 70 rockets in total since this morning. Iron Dome was able to intercept the missiles aimed at Tel Aviv but many rockets hit into the cities of Ashdod and Beer Sheva today causing significant damage. Direct hit on Ofakim also resulted in several wounded people.
There is so much information available through out this operation it's a bit over whelming. But here are some of the items that cut through the noise today:
PM Netanyahu shared this photo today on his Facebook page today - showing his appreciation to the thousands of reserve soldiers that left behind their civilian live and came to protect Israel.
When you think about Hamas' agenda and try to figure out their motives read this to get a better understanding of Hamas in context: "remember.. Hamas fire from schools, hospitals, residential area. They stockpile munitions in mosques and bedrooms. Every time they fire a rocket from a residential area towards Israel they commit two patent war crimes."
On the other hand, Israel and the IDF go to great lenths to reduce impact on civilians in Gaza. As President Shimon Peres said on Twitter:
Other than warning people in advance, IDF took control over Gaza's radio channels today to warn citizens to stay away from Hamas' operatives to avoid getting hurt. IDF sends SMS to gazans with this same message and spread leaflets as well.
But technology is another aid, and in this specific example IDF used precise bombs to remove Hamas' communication center from a roof of a building without damaging the building which is known to be a media hub - here is the video:
We are at a critical point - will Hamas lay down the rockets for a long lasting cease fire? Will IDF have to launch ground operation to reach that point?
Israel has every right to defend itself against Hamas' rockets of terror - in any means necessary. Let's hope Hamas learns that lesson soon.