Saturday, January 17, 2009

Day 22 of the War, Saturday, January 17, 2009

Day 22 of the Gaza War, Saturday (night), January 17, 2009
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As a general rule we will try and keep operational details to a minimum, that includes troop movements and the exact location of rocket hits. If items are reported in the Mainstream Israeli Media we will report them as well.

11:59 PM 3 rockets launched at Ofakim.

11:58 PM 22 Israelis in shell shock from GRAD rocket that explodes near their bus in Ashdod.

11:53 PM
Due to the success of Israel's unilateral ceasefire, there will be no school in Be'er Sheva tomorrow. IDF intelligence reports to expect an increase in rocket attacks in the coming hours due to the ceasefire.

11:50 PM More on the unilateral nonsense:

"If the Israeli military continues its existence in the Gaza Strip, that is a wide door for the resistance against the occupation forces," Hamas representative in Lebanon Osama Hamada told al-Jazeera television.

In his statement, PM Olmert said that for the time being the IDF would not be withdrawing from Gaza.

"These understandings do not guarantee a cessation of Hamas' rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. If they stop, we too shall stop. If not, IDF soldiers will hit back," he said.

Turning his [back on] attention to IDF captive Gilad Shalit, Olmert said: "The Israeli government is working in many ways to bring Gilad Shalit home and, during the days of the operation, we did many things that brought us closer to this goal, upon which I will not elaborate."

"Gilad is at the top of our list of priorities," the PM said. (ynetnews)

11:48 PM Only 2 hours more till Israel unilaterally stops defending Southern Israeli communities.

11:42 PM
8 Rockets have fallen since the cease fire was announced.

PM Sirens in Be'er Sheva

11:27 PM
Rockets launched. Fell in open areas. No injuries.

11:06 PM
As rockets fell on Israel and Gilad Shalit remains in captivity, Olmert declared that the Gaza operation achieved its goal and Hamas knows how strong we are. (You can't make this stuff up!)

11:04 PM
Israel will stop defending itself starting at 2:00AM

10:55 PM
Cabinet votes for Unilateral Cease Fire. Gilad Shalit still held captive.

10:45 PM
UN head calls for timetable of Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.

10:43 PM
Power out in parts of Ashdod from rocket strike.

10:41 PM Reserve soldiers received emergency call up during Shabbat.

10:40 PM
Rockets slamming into Southern Israel. Ashdod and Ashkelon hit. Israel talking about a Unilateral Cease Fire!

7:46 PM
Dr. El Ayash asks on Israel Channel 2, "Why didn't the soldiers fire only on the upper room of his house?" (which by default is where he is admitting the shooting was coming from).

7:09 PM
Correction and update: 9, not 4 soldiers injured over Shabbat. 4 Paratroopers hurt by friendly fire from another paratrooper unit. 5 Givati soldiers hurt by anti-tank missile.

7:06 PM IDF Update:
Hamas Snipers were shooting from the home of Dr. El Ayash at IDF forces.

6:31 PM
Defense Ministry reporting IDF forces came under fire from the home/medical office building of Gazan (Israeli trained) Doctor El Ayash (who also worked at Seroka hospital in Be'er Sheva). IDF forces returned fire on the terrorist source and among the killed were Dr. Ayash 3 daughters.

6:29 PM
4 paratroopers injured this morning. During exchange of fire. Details of event still unclear.

6:04 PM
During Sabbath morning prayers a synagogue in the South (Netivot) was directly by Palestinian a rocket. Miraculously no one was injured as the rocket hit during the break.

6:01 PM
Shavuah Tov (Good Week). Updates will commence soon.

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MAKOM said...

As expected, antisemitic attacks are up throughout the world, synagogues are attacked, and Jews on every campus are subject to increasingly fierce hostility. We have been here before. Justified or unjustified, the entire Jewish world pays the price of Israel's actions, however legitimate they may be.

Our question is this: Does the Israeli government ever take this into account when making its decisions?

If the diaspora is expected to take the rap for Israel's actions, and to come out in support, shouldn't it also be consulted at some point?

If there is 'taxation', shouldn't there also be representation?

Israel excites, alienates and compels. How are we as Jews implicated in Israel's achievements, mistakes, and challenges? MAKOM invites you to join an ongoing conversation about hugging and wrestling with Israel.

Seth said...

Does the man mention anything about Shalit? Does he mention what will happen should a rocket fire tomorrow?

Ann said...

G-d help Shalit! We need to hear more details about this ceasefire. The IDF isn't leaving Gaza just yet. We can pretty much count on Hamas to keep firing. If this operation is done, then why were more reserve soldiers called up this Sabbath?

YMedad said...

btw, the translation "priorities" by Ynet is wrong. Olmert used the word מאווינו which properly is aspirations, desires. Priorities would have been עדיפיותינו.

Keep up the great work

JoeSettler said...

Yisrael, we're on a new day already. Come on over to Day 23.

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