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Israel Air Force Aborts Gaza Airstrike After Spotting Children Near Target (VIDEO)

July 11, 2014 5:50 pm 22 comments

Screen shot. Photo: Youtube

The Israel Air Force called of an airstrike on a “terror activity site” on Thursday after spotting children in the vicinity of the target, a recently released video shows.

“There are people close to our target,” the pilot carrying out the mission is heard saying in the clip. “It looks like there are people, possibly children in our targeted area.”

An operator responds: “We are not going to strike this target now, let’s move on.”

The aborted strike was part of Israel’s ongoing Operation Protective Edge aimed at halting Gaza rocket attacks on Israel that have increased over the past weeks.

Israel prides itself on being careful to avoid civilian casualties during its conflicts and takes numerous steps to do so, including warning building occupants in advance of strikes. Earlier the week another mission was aborted when people ran onto the roof of a building to serve as human shields.

A United Nations document published on Wednesday said that in most cases where Palestinians have been killed or injured during Israel’s Gaza campaign, the Israeli army alerted civilians ahead of time who were occupying buildings, that they planned to bomb in Gaza, to leave the premises.

Watch a video of the aborted strike below:


  • The following was said by the Rebbe at a farbrengen Shavuos 5736 (1976). Not much has changed, unfortunately:

    “There is an attitude [among the government of Israel] of servitude to world opinion to the detriment of self-preservation! This attitude was witnessed by the world during the Six-Day War, when Arab soldiers were shooting and shelling from inside their mosques and the Israeli army was ordered not to shoot back because the politicians were more concerned about world opinion. This immoral policy caused many more Jewish soldiers to, unnecessarily, lose their lives! (This is precisely why those fighters went to the mosques to begin with; they appreciated the Israeli government’s slavish reliance on world opinion.)”

  • The savage Arabs would deliberately target children

  • I’ll continue loving Israel, God’s own country, they first born son of Adonai, the best country, the Jewish nation, am proud of you. I’m also a Jewish man.

  • Corinne Burmester

    You go Israel! You’re doing a great job. Keep up the good work. May Hashem be with you all and grant you all shalom.

  • another thought…if it’s a choice of sending in ground troops and putting Israeli troops at risk, it might make more sense to stop being so careful with air strikes and destroy the enemy at the cost of their civilian human shield lives instead of running the risk of killing and maiming Israeli soldiers G-d forbid.

  • Wow, can you believe how the Jews are so careful when confronting terrorist sites of the enemy. I think Rabbi’s need to be consulted, perhaps this is misplaced mercy, or perhaps it’s the right thing to do, it’s a tough call.

  • Now why would there be any children in a walled-in ghetto housing a million human beings?

  • When will the global anti-semitically infested global newsmakers bring truthful coverages on Israel onto tv-channels, into newspapers, radio stations, into the internet – WHO would refrain from bombing an area for the sake of children ?! I have not heard of any other nation that cares to not bomb perpetrators for the sake of their very own children.

    TODA !!!

  • They will only grow up to behaters or suicide bombers…this no time to go soft…

  • No one wants to see children hit. I Hate It, You Hate It and God Hates It. but it is so annoying that you have to justify yourselves like this. Children die in every conflict and it is barely picked up by the media except in the case of Israel. Something’s wrong! The worse the world gets the more I want to understand my Bible and keep seeing Ezekiel 38 and 39. Most Bible expositors identify Gog and Magog as Russia. Don’t take your eye off the ball. Putin’s ambition knows no bounds. He is paying off Cuba’s debt so he can put his military bases there. (Russia Today) The scripture talks about ‘many nations accompanying’ and to me that suggests that Russia takes the lead. They are still very supportive of Irans ambitions as you well know so he’s not going to let Isis or any others take the prize from under his nose, is he? Remember Moshe Dayan , well he agrees with me. I would be the first person to admit that the politics of this world are shrouded in secrecy, deceit and corruption, who can know but it’s a gut feeling.

  • Harold Tobin

    Another video that won’t be shown on the Mainstraem media




  • rachel robinson

    By doing Israel demonstrates weakness, not kindness. The Gaza commanders put children there exactly because they know Israel will not hit them. It is war! War is cruel and Israel has to finally defend itself and ignore everything else, what the world will say, the women crying on TV and in newspapers this is war is like!! the Hamas started this for no reason, no one know why and why now. So I will let them have it good and strong. Maybe they will realize that was does not pay for them.

  • Someone should bring this to the attention of the neo Nazis such as roger walters. Oh, never mind, he wouldn’t read it anyway, probably couldn’t.

  • Yes, Hamas puts children and civilians in harms way to prevent Israel from bombing them. Israel should ignore them and go ahead and blast them. How can you win a war when your hands are tied behind your back?


  • Do you want to know what terror is?

    Ask the Englishmen who witnessed the bombing of London by the Germans U2 missiles during World War 2. The English and the Americans responded by sending thousands of bombers on a daily basis and turned German cities into rubble.

    Over 650 rockets have been fired into Israel’s largest cities including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem this week.

    4 million Israeli civilians plus are living under fire or in bomb shelters.

    No country in the world would remain passive in the face of hundreds of rockets targeting her cities – Israel is no exception.

    Could Americans visualize 1000 missiles coming across from Mexico what would America’s response. Americans must realize, Israel is in the same situation – response must be immediate, forceful and complete, no holds barred.

    If it happened to any other country, the response would be destroy them at all costs, do not worry about collateral damage.

    I know Russia’s Putin would wipe them and their territory of the face of the earth – world opinion be dammed.

    Israel must complete the job this time. Destroy Hamas, Fattah and all the terrorists once and for all. We do not want a repeat performance a few years from now – it will only get worse.

    Hezbollah in Lebanon is already starting to shoot missiles at Israel.

    Next in-line are the Iranians.

    How about utilizing the laser weapon technology to destroy the rockets.

    Do not even mention a cease fire – it is out of the question, until the terrorists and their infrastructure is turned into dust. All violence must be stopped. This is an all out war and unfortunately innocents suffer and pay a price.

    Do not ask to make peace – peace with who Abbas, The Munich massacre murderer and Abbas the leader of the Palestinian authority who mastermind of The ACHILLE LAURO HIJACKING and murder of an elderly man in a wheelchair. Abbas has a murder conviction with life in prison, he is an escaped convict.

    YJ Draiman

  • The IDF is not only professional, they’re the best of the best……..



  • it’s the right thing to do, it’s the moral thing to do…but I hope Israel doesn’t think it’s going to get any credit for it, because they’re not.

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