Cease Fire in Israel: Something to give thanks for on Thanksgiving

Ceasefire reached
Operation Pillar of Defense Ended on It’s Eighth Day

— The Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia

As Operation Pillar of Defense — a military operation to defend Israel’s 4.5 million citizens who are under rocket fire from the Hamas terrorist organization — enters its eighth day, attacks on Israeli towns and communities continue.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr in a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces ceasefire to come into effect at 9 pm.  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke with US President Barack Obama and acceded to his recommendation to give the Egyptian ceasefire proposal a chance to stabilize and calm the situation before there is a need to use greater force.

The Prime Minister expressed his deep appreciation to the President for his support of Israel during the operation and for his contribution to the Iron Dome system. The Prime Minister reiterated that Israel would take all necessary steps to defend its citizens.

Earlier today (Nov 21) a city bus was bombed in Tel-Aviv, injuring dozens of people. This horrific attack came at the height of international efforts to reach a cease-fire.

Since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense on November 14th more than 1,500 rockets have been fired at Israel.

Most of these rockets landed in the south and the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was effective at intercepting these rockets. Currently, Iron Dome has prevented over 400 rockets from striking populated areas in Israel.

Throughout Operation Pillar of Defense Israel continued to supply nearly 62% of Gaza’s electricity and kept humanitarian aid arriving to Gaza. After the cease fire Israel will ensure that the humanitarian situation in Gaza remains stable.

On the other hand, the terrorist organization Hamas has targeted Israeli civilians while hiding behind Palestinian civilians. Israel has gone to great lengths to minimize harm to the residents of Gaza and regrets any injury bestowed upon them.

Despite the near constant rocket attacks and now — unfortunately — bus bombings, life goes on for most Israelis. Israel’s economy remains strong with most businesses and financial markets operating as normal. Thanks to the great support Israel received, its citizen’s remained resilient and strong.

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