Will sirens sound today at 11:30 am?

Today is the third Anniversary of the launch of the IDF’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The 22-day operation was launched at 11:30 am or so, on 27 December 2008. In the first strikes, some 250 Hamas police were mowed down at their police academy graduation ceremony in Gaza City. The debate continues over whether […]

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Quote of the Day – 11th in our series

81 percent of the ammunition used in the IDF’s Operation Cast Lead attack on Gaza was precision-guided, we now learn. IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi said yesterday at something called the “International Artillery Conference” in Zichron Ya’akov, Israel, that “When fighting in densely populated are...

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Two IDF soldiers convicted for "inappropriate behavior" in Gaza war

According to the Jerusalem Post, “Two Givati Brigade infantrymen on Sunday were convicted of overstepping authority to the point of endangering human life and inappropriate behavior during Operation Cast Lead in 2009 … The conviction is the first of its kind for what is termed in the IDF ‘neighbor procedure’ which deals with...

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Quote of the day – (8th in our series)

Today’s quote of the day is from the Jerusalem Post interview with the Israeli military’s Coordinator of [Israeli] Government Activities in the [Palestinian] territories (COGAT), Major-General Eitan Dangot, who decides on a daily basis exactly what can get into or out of the Gaza Strip, or not: “The Palestinians in Gaza have for years b...

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IDF announces disciplinary action + one indictment for Operation Cast Lead

The IDF announced that its Military Advocate General, Maj.-Gen. Avichai Mendelblit, has made decisions on four separate cases concerning Operation Cast Lead, about which complaints were filed, after he examined findings from investigations carried out through a number of different channels. In one of the cases Mendelblit decided to take no legal me...

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