Israel Launches “Pillar of Defense” Operation in Gaza, “Decapitation Wave” Against Hamas Terror Leadership

November 14, 2012 11:42 am 17 comments

Israel Air Force helicopters.

The IDF has launched a major Gaza operation named “Amud Annan (Pillar/Column of Defense)” with the goal of taking “out a large piece of the (Hamas) command structure without toppling the regime,” a knowledgeable source in Jerusalem told The Algemeiner.

IDF Spokesperson Eytan Buchman confirmed to The Algemeiner that “the operation began about an hour ago with a pin-point strike on Hamas terror chief al-Jabari, “Since then” he said,  ”we have targeted about 20 different sites in the Gaza strip focusing specifically in long range rocket capabilities that have been developed in Gaza.”

Bachman told The Algemeiner that there is “no focus on other individuals at this point but all the options are on the table.” A ground invasion is also not planned at the moment.

“The point of operation is to cripple terrorist infrastructure that has developed in the Gaza strip and has received significant assistance from Iran, ” he said, “One of the best examples are the Fajr rockets which we have targeted that have a range of over 25 miles.”

Another IDF spokesperson told Israel’s Channel 2 TV that “we target Hamas and Jihad leaders and Fajr-5 40 km rockets in order to deny Hamas the strategic option of escalating the conflict. A ground invasion is planned for if necessary, and mobilization orders are ready. “The main purpose” he said, is “to end the harassment of the Israeli South.”

Asked how long the operation was expected to go on for, Bachman said there is no specific timetable, “we will go on as long as we need to, we had over a million Israelis in bomb shelters over the last four days, that situation is untenable.”

Regarding a possible escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza Bachman said, “we are prepared for any response that may come, we are confident in our abilities to significantly impair Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations.”

“We have shown enormous restraint and have been gathering very precise intelligence over the last four months on rockets and other terror sites and now we are acting on that intelligence,” he concluded.

“The talk is about a “decapitation wave” against Hamas,” The Algemeiner’s Jerusalem source added, now “that the human shield Gilad Shalit is no more, (the aim is) to kill as many terrorist leaders involved in his capture, holding and exchanging Shalit, to destroy Fajr-5 long-range rockets (that can reach Tel Aviv) and to reassert the deterrent without (so far) land invasion.”

Military sources told The Algemeiner that “A significant number of munitions depot’s are within civilian, residential buildings. This fact is another illustration of Hamas’ modus operandi which uses the civilian population in Gaza as a human shield.”

The operation follows four days of escalated rocket attacks from Gaza during which over 150 projectiles were fired at civilian communities in southern Israel. Israeli leaders have made clear in recent days that the country would not tolerate the continued attacks.

The operation began with the assassination of Hamas terror mastermind Ahmed al-Jabari earlier today. A statement from the Shin Bet about the strike said, “Jabari was responsible for financing and directing military operations and attacks against Israel. His elimination today is a message to Hamas officials in Gaza that if they continue promoting terrorism against Israel, they will be hurt.”

IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai told the Jerusalem Post that al-Jabari was a man with “a lot of blood on his hands.”

The naming if the operation is drawn from biblical verses in Exodus, that refer to a column of smoke that led and protected the Israelites during their sojourns in the desert .

17 Comments

  • No matter what, if you stronger and have to defend your people from atacks, do it!

  • According to US law, Hamas is on official list of FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, an FTO.

    According to US law, anyone who supports an FTO can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    In that context, at a time when the Hamas regime in Gaza continues to launch aerial attacks against the Israeli civilian population,the Jewish Voices for Peace has issued a statement of full support for the Hamas regime in Gaza. WE NEED TO UNITE BEHIND ISRAEL NOT STAB IT IN THE BACK. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER ISRAEL ADVOCACY TASK FORCE IATF

  • JVP Statement on Israel’s Operation “Pillar of Defense

  • Israel held its fire as long as it could. The Hamasniks knew they could fire their rockets safely because the Western World would immediately scream “disproportionate response” or “Israel attacks Gazan civilians” or “Israel etc, etc., etc.” when the final counter triggering rocket was fired into Israel.

    Sadly, the MB gang running Egypt will come down on the side of Hamas. Since the US doesn’t have any leverage in Cairo except with our military aid, Morsi will feel he doesn’t have to play truce-maker.

    No civilized state in the world would tolerate the kind of indiscriminate rocketing done by Hamas without slamming back. This is what Israel has done and this is what it will be criticized for doing! Let’s see if Obama’s pledge to “have Israel’s back” has any beef when the diplomatic sturm und drang begins.

  • When you read mainstream media reports of Israel’s defensive action which turn Israel into the aggressor, RESPOND to correct the record. using the above and other information.
    Too much of the mainstream media give the Palestinian killers a free ride, with distortions, omissions and outright lies which are as dangerous for Israel as the missiles coming in from Gaza.

    • while american drones kill children and women, or atleast miss the culprits, and the same carlessness is shown in all non jewish nations, israel follows the torah in doing its best to protect women and children.and still the non jewish world finds fault . G-d bless israel.

  • The effects of “Pillar of Defense” will be the increasing involvement of Farsi speaking, bearded young men in Gaza. This is no accident. Hamas is HQ’ed in Teheran.

    Sooner rather than later unity in opposition to Iran must be demonstrated by the EU, UN and USA. Israel has a right to exist and the right to defend itself.

  • it’s absurd but expected that the goal is to “take out a large piece of the command structure without toppling the regime.” Once again, delusion wins out over reality. If this was an individual, with all the experience of the past 64 years and more, he would be accounted insane.

  • Michael Koenigsberg

    It is about time.Do not stop until their ability to wage war is completely destroyed.Let me go a step further.This is our land not theirs-if they choose to stay then be peaceful.If not then expect to be destroyed.

  • About time! Let’s remind everyone what Hamas sees as their motive for attacking Israel, as expressed in Hamas’s own Charter .

    Article 7 of the Hamas Charter reads:

    http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1609.htm
    “The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,’ except for the Gharqad tree, for it is the tree of the Jews.”

    Article 7 is taken from Hadith Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177
    and quotes the Prophet Muhammad:

    http://www.hadithcollection.com/sahihbukhari/85/3715-sahih-bukhari-volume-004-book-052-hadith-number-177.html

    Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”

  • About time! Let’s remind everyone what Hamas sees as their motive for attacking Israel, as expressed in Hamas’s own Charter .

    Article 7 of the Hamas Charter reads:

    http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1609.htm
    “The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,’ except for the Gharqad tree, for it is the tree of the Jews.”

    Article 7 is taken from Hadith Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177
    and quotes the Prophet Muhammad:

    http://www.hadithcollection.com/sahihbukhari/85/3715-sahih-bukhari-volume-004-book-052-hadith-number-177.html

    Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”

    It is 7:57 pm and the siren just went off. We are under a Grad attack right now. I am writing this from the mamad – the safe room.

  • Alexander Kaganovsky

    At last! Don’t stop this time!

  • bonnie redmond

    thank God!!!! Thank you for halting evil in its tracks!!!!

  • Israel has been REMARKABLY RESTRAINED, BUT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Now the fickle world must remember that this is the RESPONSE to an intolerable rain of fire on the South on civillians who have lived in terror of their lives. It was an absurd situation. Now the FICKLE world must remember that Israel is DEFENDING her people. She has the duty and the right to do so. THE JEWISH PEOPLE WANT PEACE SO BADLY. I AM SURE THAT MANY PALASTINIANS DO TOO, BUT THEIR LEADERS WANT A TERRORIST WAR TO THE DEATH. Is this not so? She yihe SHALOM.

  • Tone Lechtzier

    Shalom,
    Baruch HaShem.
    Blessings

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