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Monday, November 19, 2012

Intelligence Expert: Ground Move Required - Live Blog Pillar of Defense Day 6

Source: Arutz Sheva
By Gil Ronen

The former Deputy Head of the Shin Bet intelligence agency supports a ground maneuver by the IDF in Gaza, to follow the air campaign that has been going on for five days.

"Hamas' people made several meaningful errors in the past few days," Doron Weiss told Arutz Sheva. "The behavior of [Ahmed] Jaabari, who did not hide and did not take into account the threat to his life, was one such mistake," he explained.

"The operation will end with an agreement vis-à-vis Hamas regarding a 'lull'," he said, "but reaching such an agreement requires that Hamas be brought to a situation in which it understands that it has no choice.

Weiss said that there is no reason to fear international pressure, and dismissed as "groundless" the concerns that once the IDF enters Gaza it will become bogged down. "There is no reason why the IDF cannot carry out a limited operation in Gaza and leave in time," he determined.

Source: Arutz Sheva
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Live Blog Pillar of Defense Day 6

11:11  Gaza terrorists launched two missiles in the direction of Gan Yavne, located north of Ashdod and south of Rishon LeTzion.

11:02  Color Red early warning sirens of incoming rockets in the Eshkol and Sha'ar HaNegev regions, adjacent to Gaza.

11:01  The missile that hit Ashkelon a short time ago exploded in the yard of a school, which was closed because of the hostilities. The building sustained damage.

10:51  The Philippines said Monday it was sending two "rapid response" teams of diplomats to the Middle East to prepare for possible evacuations of its nationals in Gaza, AFP reported.

10:41  Iron Dome intercepts three missiles on Ashkelon. Fourth explodes in open area. Damage but no injuries.

10:32 Two siren warnings of missiles on Ashkelon.

10:20  China urges "maximum restraint" in Gaza by relevant parties, especially Israel.

10:00  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket in the Sha’ar HaNegev and Sderot region, adjacent to Gaza.

9:59 Air Force attacks terrorists on motorcycle in Gaza.

9:35  The flight paths for landing and takeoff in Ben Gurion Airport have been altered, because of the activity of the Iron Dome anti-missile battery in Tel Aviv.

9:14  Poll by Dialogue for Haaretz:  39% say continue air attacks. 30% support a launch of ground offensive and 19% want a quick ceasefire.

9:11 Foreign media repeat Hamas claims that Israeli air strikes killed women and children. All sources quote Hamas medics without independent confirmation.

9:00  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket in the Sha’ar HaNegev and Sderot region, adjacent to Gaza.

8:39  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket in the Sdot Negev region, adjacent to Gaza.

8:35  Attack on Eilat Monday morning was from anti-tank missile and not a Kassam or Grad rocket. At least one person in shock.

8:30 Israel has delivered an ultimatum to Hamas through Egypt, according to which the IDF will widen its offensive in Gaza in 36 hours unless Hamas ceases firing rockets and smuggling arms into Gaza.

8:04  Rocket fired on Eilat. No injuries. No report yet on damage.

7:52  Hamas’ supreme leader Khaled Mashaal will hold a press conference Monday afternoon.

7:50  The Air Force struck a terrorist target in Gaza. Hamas reports three are dead. No confirmation.

7:47  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket in the Hof Ashkelon region, adjacent to Gaza.

7:24  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket in Eshkol region, adjacent to Gaza.

7:00  After quiet night, two rockets fired on Gaza Belt communities,. No injuries and no damage

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