Thursday, January 1, 2009

Israel Defends its Citizens from Hamas Missiles



Range of missiles fired from Gaza


As Hamas and other Iran-backed Palestinians terrorists group in Gaza continue to kill and wound Israeli civilians by launching katyusha rockets daily, Israel took action on Saturday, December 27, 2008 to defend its citizens.
The Israeli strikes come eight days after Israel’s ceasefire with Iran-backed Hamas ended Friday, December 19th, 2008. During this time, Palestinians terrorists in Gaza have fired hundreds of missiles, rockets and mortars at Israeli civilians, killing and wounding residents in the southern Negev city of Netivot.

Hamas, the Iran-backed terrorist group claimed responsibility for all the attacks. Katyusha missiles can now hit the Negev town of Kiryat Gat for the first time, demonstrating that Hamas terrorists are capable of firing rockets more than 12 miles inside Israel proper.

Responding to the terrorists, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a televised interview to Gaza’s citizens December 25, 2008 on the Arabic TV network al-Arabiya. “You the citizens of Gaza, you can stop it. I know how much you want to get up in the morning to quiet, to take your children to kindergarten or school, the way we do, the way they want to in Sderot and Netivot (Israeli towns). We want to live as good neighbors with Gaza. We do not want to harm you. We will not allow a humanitarian crisis and that you should suffer from a lack of food or medicines. We do not want to fight the Palestinian people, but we will not allow Hamas to strike our children”

On Friday December 26, 2008 Israel transferred more than 90 truckloads of vital goods to Gaza residents, despite the ongoing rocket and missile attacks. In 2008 more than 13,000 Palestinians patients and their families have been allowed into Israel for medical treatment.
During the past year, Iran-backed terrorist groups in Gaza have fired more than 3,000 rockets, missiles and mortars at Israeli civilians in the southern Negev area, killing four people and wounding more than 300.

Israel gave up all of Gaza in 2005, relinquishing homes, farms, places of business and worship, since then, terrorists have launched more than 6,300 rockets and mortars into Israel from Gaza. The attacks have killed 10 civilians, wounded more than 780 and traumatized thousands. The only Israeli remaining in Gaza is Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit who was abducted from Israel on June 25, 2006 by Hamas in a bloody cross-border raid in which the terrorists killed two IDF soldiers and wounded four others.

President elect, Barack Obama visited the southern Israeli city of Sderot five months ago, and defended Israel’s right to protect itself from such attacks. “If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my daughters sleep at night, I would do everything to stop that, and would expect Israel to do the same” Obama also said during the visit, “A nuclear Iran would pose a grave threat, and the world must prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

Iran, one of the chief sponsors of Palestinian terrorism, provides approximately $30 million to Hamas annually, and also trains Hamas operatives in Iran and Syria. Hamas terrorists have been trained in building rockets and bombs, tactical warfare, weapons operation, and sniper tactics by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, a special division of Iran’s armed forces.

Palestinian factional fighting during the past two years, have killed 616 Palestinian from the time Hamas won Palestinian elections in January 2006 through May 2007. In June 2007, when Hamas seized control of Gaza in a bloody coup against Palestinian Authority President, Mahmood Abbas, 161 Palestinians were killed and at least 700 wounded.

Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, “Iran considered supporting the Palestinians it’s religious and national duty, and would stay beside the Palestinian nation until the big victory feast which is the collapse of the Zionist regime, Israel.

Iran’s top leaders continue to threaten the West, particularly the United States.

Sources: Haaretz.com, ynetnews.com, telegraph.co.uk/news, reuters.com, terrorism-info.org.il and timesonline.co.uk/world
Humanitarian assistance to Gaza (June 19-Dec 18, 2008)

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