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Israel

Under fire: Tel Avivis don’t let rockets burst their bubble

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) – The siren had sounded, the rocket had struck and Tel Aviv’s cafes were still full. It had been 21 years since Tel Avivis last heard the pulsating blare foretelling an imminent explosion in their city, when Saddam Hussein fired Scud missiles at Israel during the 1991 Gulf War.

When the first boom of the latest conflict with Hamas sounded in the Tel Aviv...

Iron Dome system registers 85 percent interception rate

(JNS.org) With hundreds of rockets raining down from Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has saved an untold number of lives thanks to Israeli technological ingenuity and U.S. support. According to the figures from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), since Operation Pillar of Defense began Nov. 14, the Iron Dome system has intercepted some 300 rockets, with an 85-percent interception success rate.

“The system works incredibly well, even beyond...

Dog saves owner in rocket attack on Ashkelon

By ANAV SILVERMAN

(TAZPIT NEWS AGENCY) – The coastal city of Ashkelon, with a population of 130,000 people, suffered several rocket attacks on Sunday. In one attack a rocket slammed into a four-story building, penetrating through the roof of the stairwell, and continuing on, leaving a large gaping hole in the floor of one apartment, and in the ceiling of the apartment below. Two people sustained injuries from the attack...

Day Six of ‘Pillar of Defense” recounted

By ARYEH SAVIR

(TARZIT NEWS AGENCY) – Over the course of the day Monday, combined elements of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) caused severe damage to dozens of selected targets, including what were described as underground rocket launchers, a training facility, ammunition storage facilities, Hamas police stations and several suspected terrorist squads that IDF officials said were responsible for firing rockets at Israel. Furthermore, A direct hit was registered on...

Islamic Jihad leaders killed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — As Hamas’ leader in exile, Khaled Mashaal, brushed off a halt to bombings, Israeli airstrikes hit a Gaza media center and killed several leaders of Islamic Jihad. The Israel Air Force’s strike Monday evening — the second on the center in two days — killed Ramaz Harab, a top leader of Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the Al Quds Brigades. At least three other Islamic Jihad leaders were...

Responding to fire from Syria, IDF may have killed Syrians

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli soldiers who fired into Syria after coming under fire from Syrian territory may have killed Syrian soldiers. An Israeli army spokesman told Army Radio on Sunday that Syrian soldiers were believed to have been killed in the incident, which had occurred the day before.

No Israeli soldiers were injured in the incident. It was the fourth time in a week that Israeli soldiers have fired into Syrian...

Worldwide rallies held for, against Israel’s Gaza operation

(JTA) – Rallies in support of and against Israel’s ramped-up military operation in the Gaza Strip were held throughout the world. In Australia, about 4,000 Jews in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra joined in solidarity with Israel on Sunday in what rallies that were dubbed as “Code Red” by the Zionist Federation of Australia. The participants, many dressed in red, heard the 15-second “code red” siren that has echoed across...

JFNA announces $5 million in aid for Israeli terror victims

(JNS.org) Responding to the onslaught of rockets hitting southern Israel from Gaza, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) on Thursday announced the establishment of a new Israel Terror Relief Fund that will contribute up to $5 million to aid victims.

The aid, which will be made up of both existing funds and new donations from 155 Jewish Federations, will support work of JFNA partner agencies such as The Jewish...

Gaza conflict escalates as 3 Israelis die; rockets reach Tel Aviv

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hours after three Israelis in southern Israel were killed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, a rocket struck the outskirts of Tel Aviv, bringing the conflict between Israel and Hamas to a new intensity. On Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces reportedly sent ground trips to the border area, raising the possibility that a ground incursion into Gaza may not be far off. A new...

Three Israelis killed in continuing rocket assault

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israel Defense Forces kept up the pressure on terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip on Thursday as Operation Pillar of Defense entered its second day. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that by Thursday afternoon more than 150 terrorist sites in Gaza had been struck. Meanwhile, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups have continued launching rockets at civilian targets in Israel’s south, with around 150...