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UPDATE ON OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE AND
FEDERATION'S RESPONSE (July 27, 2014)
Following is an update from Jewish Federations of North America about Operation Protective Edge:
- Iranian-backed Hamas terrorists fired 22 rockets into Israel yesterday. The IDF deployed the Iron Dome missile defense system to knock out those barrages that were headed towards Israel's cities. The system successfully intercepted all six of the rockets that could have hit heavy populated areas. In total, 2214 rockets have been fired over the past 20 days. Hamas also fired a rocket towards Egypt yesterday, killing four children.
- Israel has sought changes to a U.S. proposed ceasefire agreement. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the terms of the current proposal for a week long ceasefire were "completely unacceptable" and that it "would have strengthened extremists in the region." The Israeli cabinet agreed that the current proposal did not ensure a solution that would see the dismantling of Gaza's terror tunnels.
- This morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon ordered the IDF to resume operations against Hamas who violated the humanitarian truce which the UN requested for the residents of Gaza.
- Forty three IDF soldiers have been killed since the start of the ground offensive, ten days ago. Nine soldiers were killed Friday and Saturday. You can see a list of the soldiers killed, with photos and details here. Some 130 wounded IDF soldiers are hospitalized throughout the country. Seventy additional soldiers have been released from hospital.
- A Palestinian report highlights the problem of Gazan children being used to build the terror tunnels: Among other points, the report notes that "During a police patrol that the author was permitted to accompany in December 2011, nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels... At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials."
- You can see a video of the IDF striking a Hamas tunnel yesterday.
- This is a video of Israeli reserve soldiers dedicating a song to their children back at home.
- This is an IDF video recapping the past two weeks of the operation.
- You can see nurses protecting premature babies from rockets in the Schneider hospital, Petach Tikva.
- There was a deliberate hit and run attack at a popular junction in Gush Etzion, Friday.
- Bereaved mother helped families of slain soldiers, always knew the day would come when she'd get a knock on her door.
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