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Thursday, July 17, 2014 

Gaza ground operation begins

Finally, it looks like the army is taking a much needed approach to put an end to the Hamas rocket attacks:
After days of waiting and deliberation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday night directed the IDF to send ground troops into Gaza to strike the terror tunnels into Israel.

A statement put out by the Prime Minister's Office said that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon Netanyahu directed the IDF to prepare to expand the ground operation.

The statement said that the security cabinet approved the operation after Israel agreed to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal on Tuesday, which Hamas rejected. In addition, the statement said, Hamas even fired rockets during the Thursday's five-hour humanitarian cease-fire.

“In light of Hamas' continuous criminal aggression, and the dangerous infiltration into Israeli territory, Israel is obligated to act in defense of its citizens,” the statement said.

The statement said that Operation Protective Edge, now in its 10th day, will continue until its goals are reached: restoring quiet for an extended period of time,and delivering a significant blow to Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza.
It's about time. The citizenry should not have to put up with this at all. One contributor to the Jerusalem Post says that the Hamas particularly likes to fire the rockets at times when parents take their children to school, because terrorists consider that the ideal way to terrify parents. So from here, we'll see what results the operation yields.

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