IDF Summary of Overnight Events
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Overnight, the IDF targeted approximately 100 terror sites, including underground rocket launchers, terror tunnels and ammunition storage facilities.
The IDF has targeted several buildings that were used by terror operatives as command and control centers, as well as approximately ten terror tunnels that were used as hideouts by Hamas operatives.
A financial institution used by Hamas to fuel its terror activity was targeted in the northern Gaza Strip.
The Israeli Navy targeted terror sites on the central Gaza shore line. Direct hits were identified. Additionally, IDF soldiers carried out artillery fire towards suspicious areas within the Gaza Strip.
The Gaza Strip has been turned into a forward base for Iran, forcing Israeli citizens to live under unbearable circumstances.
The sites that were targeted were positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of several months.
The IDF is determined to continue targeting sites that are used to carry out terror attacks against the State of Israel and its citizens.
> Read the IDF’s minute by minute breakdown.
> Check out the IDF video gallery for videos of an aborted air strike and an attack on a weapons cache.
> Watch an IDF spokesperson explain the attack on a media center in Gaza.
NEWS REPORTS OF NOTE
The Jerusalem Post: Live blog: Operation Pillar of Defense, Day 7
Welcome to The Jerusalem Post's real-time coverage of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF operation to root out terror in Gaza and reestablish deterrence. The minute-to-minute coverage includes breaking updates from our reporters, photographers and experts around the country, as well as informational briefings, updates on rocket and military attacks, defense establishment and official comments and world reactions.
> Read the full blog.
The New York Times: Clinton to Visit Middle East in Move to Defuse Gaza Conflict
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — President Obama sent Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East on Tuesday to try to defuse the conflict in Gaza, the White House announced.
Mrs. Clinton, who accompanied Mr. Obama on his three-country Asia trip, left on her own plane immediately for the region, where she will stop first in Jerusalem to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, then head to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian leaders and finally to Cairo to consult with Egyptian officials.
The decision to dispatch Mrs. Clinton dramatically deepens the American involvement in the crisis. Mr. Obama made a number of late-night phone calls from his Asian tour to the Middle East on Monday night that contributed to his conclusion that he had to become more engaged and that Mrs. Clinton might be able to accomplish something.
> Read the full story.
The Times of Israel: Rockets fired at Jerusalem, south, but ceasefire reportedly near
Sirens sounded for the second time since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense in Jerusalem Tuesday, hours after the government said it would hold off on a ground operation for 24 hours to give diplomacy a chance. Among the big names visiting the region to try to push through talks are US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Tuesday morning saw the south pummeled with over 60 rockets, including several direct hits on homes and cars, and a soldier moderately injured.
> Read the full story.
CNN: CNN Poll: 57% of Americans say Israeli attacks in Gaza are justified
Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say that Israel's current military strikes against Gaza are justified, according to a new national survey.
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.
> Read the full story.
B'nai B'rith Statement
B’nai B’rith International stands in solidarity with Israel and supports the country’s right to defend itself.
> Read the full release
Israel Emergency Fund Opened
B’nai B’rith International has launched an Israel Emergency Fund in response to events in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Its goal is to raise funds to assist Israeli residents who are dealing with a barrage of rocket attacks from Hamas. Funds could also be used to help with the personal needs of Israel Defense Forces soldiers.
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