— by Michelle Effron Miller
In the past 36 hours, the terrorist organization Hamas launched over 360 missiles at Israel’s major metropolitan areas.
Rishon Lezion, the fourth largest city in Israel and a suburb of Tel Aviv, was struck as were the metropolitan areas of Ashdod and Be’er Sheva. Half of all rockets launched from Gaza have a 25-mile range. Israel, a country roughly the size of New Jersey, now has an estimated 60% of Israel’s population is under fire.
Three Israelis civilians were killed and there are approximately 150 Israeli casualties, including young children. Israel has endured over 500 rockets since Saturday.
Consul General to the Mid-Atlantic Region, Mr. Yaron Sideman, said “We thank the United States and the many elected officials for supporting Israel and condemning these terrorist attacks against our country. Israel cannot tolerate the continual assault on its citizens.”
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Consul General Sideman added, “The IDF is acting in a responsible manner by selecting well-defined targets and providing initial warning to the population in Gaza prior to striking rocket launchers in order to prevent, in as much as possible, civilian casualties.”
Yesterday, the IDF embarked on Operation Pillar of Defense in order to protect Israeli citizens and to damage the terrorist infrastructure to prevent future attacks.