On November 14—in response to an escalation of rocket attacks from Gaza— the Israeli Defense Forces initiated Operation Pillar of Defense. Since the launch, and the killing of Hamas Commander and Chief-of-Staff Ahmed Jabari, Hamas has launched both a military and public relations campaign to destabilize and delegitimize the State of Israel.
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Talking Points: Operation Pillar of Defense
- Prior to Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel used enormous restraint amidst a barrage of attacks
- However, with the attacks intensifying, it became necessary to address Hamas' terror campaign and reestablish greater security for the Israeli people
- Operation Goals:
- Restore security and stability to Israel
- Neutralize Hamas' long range missile capabilities and terror network
- 30,000 IDF reservists have been mobilized
- 4.5 million Israelis, over half the Israeli population, is under attack
- 2,500 rockets have been launch from Gaza since Operation Cast Lead in 2009
- Over 1,000 rockets have been launched this year
- 360 rockets have been launched in the last 48 hours
- 3 adult fatalities and 150 wounded, including two infants in serious condition since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense
- Hamas uses civilian shields, including children
- Israeli missions react to the situation on the ground, responding and adjusting per the presence of civilians in targeted areas
- The Iron Dome missile defense system—which targets rockets aimed at population centers—has a 90 percent success rate, intercepting over one third of rockets from Gaza
- The Israeli government has reiterated appreciation to the United States for past commitments to the Iron Dome system and current statements of support for Israel's right to self defense