ALGEMEINER LIVE UPDATES DAY 6: Rocket Barrages Continue to Fall as Ceasefire Reports Circulate

November 19, 2012 1:00 pm 0 comments

American Jewish community leaders take cover from rocket fire.

Below are The Algemeiner’s continued live updates on Operation Pillar of Defense, entering day six. For a recap of Sunday’s events please check our blog. A report on preparations for a possible ground operation can be read here. Check here to hear what U.S. President Barack Obama had to say Sunday on the continuing conflict. A report on how the IDF has hijacked Hamas’s TV station in Gaza can be read here. For more information please check our homepage.

Please refresh this page for live updates.

___________________________________________________________

WRAP: The Algemeiner is concluding our live updates for tonight and will continue to report on all developments. Please stay tuned for a new live update blog tomorrow and check back to the Algemeiner home page for breaking news. Thank you for joining us.

9:00 pm – IAF strikes on Gaza targets reported. Sirens heard in southern Israeli towns.

7:00 pm – The IDF released a video about reservists who have been called up to serve in “Operation Pillar of Defense.” We have posted it below.

5:45 pm – Haaretz citing high-placed government source: There are equal chances for either possibility of a ceasefire, or a ground operation.

4:51 pm – IDF summary of today’s events:

“Over the course of the day, the IDF caused severe damage to dozens of targets, including underground rocket launchers, a training facility, ammunition storage facilities, Hamas police stations and several terrorist squads that were responsible for firing rockets at Israel.

Also, a vehicle that was used for transporting rockets that belong to Hamas was targeted in the northern Gaza Strip. A direct hit was identified.

In the southern Gaza Strip, over 50 smuggling tunnels were targeted.

Hamas has turned the Gaza strip into a front line base for Iran, carrying out terror attacks and firing rockets at Israeli citizens, forcing them to live in unbearable circumstances.

The sites that were targeted have been positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of several months.

The IDF is determined to continue targeting terror activity sites that are used to carry out attacks against the citizens of Israel.”

4:40 pm – Israeli website rotter.net: Army reservists have been informed that they might return home “very soon”.

3:40 pm - According to Iranian Hebrew radio, President Morsi has instructed his Minister of Defense to prepare the Egyptian Army for general mobilization. According to the report, Egyptians call the order “a precaution”, but if true, it could be seen as a pressure step against Israel.

3:12 pm – Terrorist attack in the Halhul area near Hebron. An Arab male tried to grab a soldier’s gun and was shot and killed, Palestinian websites erroneously claimed a soldier was abducted.

3:02 pm - The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee will meet tomorrow to discuss Defense Minister Barak’s request to mobilize even more reservists.

2:57 pm – Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman to German Foreign Minister: Israel will continue squeezing terrorist groups in Gaza until we see peace and security for our citizens.

2:20 pm – Israel’s Security Cabinet is now in session, discussing ceasefire possibility. Israel requires Hamas to stop firing first to prove that it is serious. Hamas demands that Israel completely open the Gaza border.

1:51 pm – More than 10 Gaza terrorists have been targeted while attempting to launch rockets into Israel. Terror groups have stopped firing from open spaces and have retired to urban areas. Gaza stadium was turned into a rocket launch pad and was subsequently attacked and destroyed.

1:49 pm - IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai: “the terrorists established a command post in a high rise which housed journalists. We hit it with all due consideration for innocent lives.

1:40 pm – Today’s rocket count from Gaza is indeed about half of previous days, which is either evidence of attrition or a Hamas attempt to de-escalate.

1:35 pm – Estimate: Hamas’ rocket capacity has been reduced by 50%.

1:30 pm – 200 Ukrainian citizens are trying to leave Gaza, and are being prevented by Hamas.

1:05 pm – Israel’s ambulance service Magen David Adom updates on today’s casualties: 16 lightly wounded and suffering from shock.

1:00 pm – Israel’s BatSheva dance troop was targeted by an anti-Israel mob in London, security is on high alert.

12:55 pm – Israeli sources on ceasefire possibility: The ball is in the Egyptian’s court, if they don’t succeed – a ground operation is fully prepared.

12:50 pm – Funny moment on Israel’s Channel 2 TV:  While interviewing security expert, former MK Itzhak Ben Israel, on Hamas rocket capacity, they suddenly notice that Hamas TV in Gaza is broadcasting their live show with simultaneous translation.

12:45 pm – CNN reports on American attitudes towards Israel’s actions in Gaza:

“A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates that 57% of the public says Israel is justified in taking military action in Gaza against Hamas, with one in four saying the attacks are unjustified.”

12:40 pm - Al Arabiya channel claims that a ceasefire will be enacted in 24 hours.

12:28 pm - Prime Minister Netanyahu held a video conference with Israel’s Public Diplomacy Centers around the world. Here are details emailed by the Government Press Office to reporters:

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon (Monday, 19 November 2012), held a video conference with volunteers who are working to assist in the national public diplomacy effort.

Participating in the video conference were personnel from the Prime Minister’s Office National Information Directorate, the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, the Foreign Ministry (from Dublin), the IDF Spokesperson’s Office New Media Division, and students and public diplomacy activists.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, ‘It is good to see you. I want to thank you. You are doing very important work; I follow your activities. We are [operating] on four fronts: The military front, the home front, the diplomatic front and the public diplomacy front. What you are doing greatly strengthens us on the public diplomacy front. We must fight for the truth, for the facts, and your help is worth more than gold. The fact that you are focusing on refuting the industry of lies and that you are reaching so many sectors is a significant addition for the State of Israel. I want to thank you. Continue your important work and I tell you that we will yet face great efforts and responsibilities in the coming days; therefore, thank you very much. I wish you all success. Thank you.’”

11:41 am – The Lebanese army discovered two Grad rockets in Marj Ayun not far from the Israeli border, prepared to fire at Israel.

10:59 am - Stray Syrian fire on Israeli tanks is reported from the Golan Heights, no casualties.

10:30 am – Three top Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders were targeted by Hamas, one was confirmed killed by Islamic Jihad.  A more detailed report can be found here.

10:06 am – The Israeli Government Press Office released the following information on President Shimon Peres’ meeting with Quartet Special Envoy Tony Blair:

“President Shimon Peres today (Monday, 19 November 2012), held a working meeting with Quartet Special Envoy Tony Blair. The two delivered joint statements and held a private meeting. At the start of the meeting President Peres said, “I wish to thank you for the clear support the international community is giving Israel to defend herself against the missiles, against the targeting of our civilians. I want to thank the Quartet and you personally.”

President Peres stressed that the aim of the operation was the cessation of rocket fire against the south, “We have no interest and no ambition in conquering land but we have to stop the firing at our citizens. You clearly understand what it means when mothers can’t sleep at night.” On Egypt’s involvement President Peres said, “The attempt by President Morsi is appreciated. Egypt is a significant player in the Middle East, strangely it is Hamas that doesn’t listen to the Egyptian President.”

President Peres addressed the Iranian issue and said, “Iran is putting tremendous pressure on them, supplying them with arms, training them and sending them money. There is a confrontation between the Iranians who want to continue Hamas’ belligerence and many of the Arab countries that want to put an end to it.”

Mr. Tony Blair thanked President Peres and said that he hoped that in the coming days a ceasefire will be achieved which will stop the rocket fire from Gaza to the citizens of Israel and will help the people of Gaza who are also suffering.  Blair added that Egypt, Qatar, America and the UN were all working for a ceasefire and said that he hoped that there could be constructive steps towards peace in the region. Blair added that another crisis, on top of the Iranian issue and the Syrian crisis, should be avoided.

This week President Peres will also hold meetings with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and German Foreign Minister Guide Westerwelle, who are visiting the region.”

10:02 am - Unconfirmed reports of infantry units crossing into Gaza on scouting missions.

9:00 am – Top Hamas man Khaled Meshal says in Cairo press conference that morale in Gaza is high.

PREAMBLE: 8:58 am – As Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense aimed at crippling Gaza’s terror infrastructure, enters its sixth day, rockets still rain down incessantly onto southern Israel. Reports of a potential cease fire mediated by Egypt continue to seep out, but thus far no agreement has been reached between the two sides.

Schools in the south remain closed Monday. Gaza sources say 11 were killed overnight in IDF strikes on Hamas targets. Earlier in the day President Shimon Peres met with Middle East Quartet envoy and former British prime minister Tony Blair in Jerusalem to discuss the conflict in Gaza.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

    Read more →
  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

    Read more →
  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.