Over Shabbat the pattern of preceding days repeated itself: multiple rocket and missile launches at Israel, scores of Air Force attacks against Hamas targets, terror tunnels discovered and destroyed, and several terrorists killed.
The IDF’s figures as of 2 a.m. this morning are as follows:
2:00 a.m. The IDF has targeted 500 Gaza sites in the past two days and 2,500 targets altogether. Thirteen tunnels have been discovered, five of which lead into Israel. Furthermore, 34 tunnel opening have been uncovered, which the IDF is in the process of investigating. Thirteen terror suspects have been arrested.
In the worst incident of the ground operation so far two more soldiers were killed over Shabbat when Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel on the Israeli side of the border and opened fire at an IDF patrol:
The two were named as Amotz Greenberg, 45, a major in the reserves from Hod Hasharon, and Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, from Nahariya. The information was cleared for publication after the families were informed.
The deaths were the first of soldiers killed by Hamas since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8.
The terrorist cell infiltrated Israeli territory through a tunnel, in an apparent attempt to carry out a major attack on one of the nearby communities, the army said. The IDF vehicle was not the intended target. Its presence at the scene prevented a much larger planned attack, military sources said late Saturday.
The army believes there are 20 more such tunnels, and that further efforts to infiltrate and kill Israelis are likely. Larger contingents of soldiers were deployed to the Israeli side of the Gaza border area after the incident, military sources said, to guard against further such attacks.
Sadly, a Bedouin man was also killed in his village by a direct hit from a rocket, and his entire family was wounded.
Contrary to initial reports, a Bedouin family hit by a rocket near Dimona earlier has suffered grave casualties.
A man, 32, was killed in the attack. Four other family members, two women and two children, were wounded in the attack. Reports on their conditions vary; some reports say a baby is in serious condition.
Hamas militants sent a donkey laden with explosives on a suicide mission in one of the most unconventional tactics yet seen in the fighting in Gaza, the Israeli army has said.
Troops said they were forced to open fire on the animal – blowing it up – as it approached their position in the southern city of Rafah, near the Egyptian border.
The Israeli army had received prior intelligence that militants were going to try to use animals to carry out attacks, according to a press release on the Israeli Defence Forces website.
“They used this donkey as a human shield, or an animal shield, if you like,” said Major Arye Shalicar, an army spokesman. “Anything, an animal or an international building, that can help make use of innocent people or international [citizens], they will use it. We see it time and again.”
Every time we think Hamas can’t sink any lower … they do.
However, it is not Hamas against whom the nations protest all over the world. It is against Israel, and the Jews, upon whom the nations pour their ire.
Turkey has taken the crown in antisemitic protests, headed by its own leader who called Israel “more barbaric than Hitler“.
Early Saturday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning to Israeli citizens against nonessential travel to Turkey. “Given the public atmosphere in Turkey in light of Operation Protective Edge, we are honing our recommendation to avoid visits to the state that aren’t essential,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Israel decided Friday to pull some of its diplomatic staff out of Turkey in the wake of violent protests targeting the buildings of its embassy and consulate in Ankara and Istanbul, an embassy spokesman said, as well as recent statements that accused Israel of attempting a “systematic genocide” on the Palestinian people.
After protests against Operation Protective Edge in front of Israel’s missions in Ankara and Istanbul turned violent Thursday night, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman instructed Israeli diplomats stationed in Turkey to return home.
Douglas Murray at the Spectator once again exposes the hypocrisy as well as the inherent antisemitism of these anti-Israel demonstrations:
But what a picture. These are the people who stayed at home throughout the Syrian civil war, stayed at home when ISIS rampaged across Iraq, stayed at home when Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab carried out their atrocities across central Africa and showed no concern whatsoever when the Muslim Brotherhood was running Egypt into the ground. Yet they pretend to care about Muslims.
And here they all are, coming out to scream because Israel is carrying out the most specific and targeted campaign in the history of warfare in order to stop Hamas – a group dedicated to the annihilation of all Jews – from firing thousands of rockets into the Jewish homeland.
Astonishingly enough, anti-Israel protests were also held – in Israel! The good news is that traitorous MK Hanin Zouabi found herself in handcuffs, albeit only for a short while:
Over a thousand Arab Israeli protesters massed in the northern city of Haifa on Friday evening to rally against the IDF’s ongoing ground incursion in the Gaza Strip. The demonstrators, led by controversial Balad MK Hanin Zoabi, clashed with police as they attempted to block several roads in the coastal city.
A number of police officers and protesters, among them Balad MK Jamal Zahalka, who also took part in the rally, were lightly injured and received medical treatment at the spot.
Some of the protesters were reported to have waved Palestinian flags as they chanted slogans welcoming Hamas rocket fire at Tel Aviv. The demonstrators also shouted out slogans against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Thirty protesters were arrested, including Zoabi, who was handcuffed by police officers at the site. The Balad MK was released from police custody a short while later.
Police maintained the rally was unauthorized as the demonstrators had failed to alert authorities of its existence.
Speaking of rockets, the only good thing about all that massive rocket fire is that Hamas are using up their stock:
[IDF Spokesman Peter] Lerner went on to say that the army had already eliminated close to 3,000 rockets in Gaza. Considering the fact that terrorists in the Strip have fired some 1,100 projectiles, it is estimated that half of the projected 10,000 rockets in the possession of Gaza terror groups have been used or destroyed.