“The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies.” Isa 42:13
400 ROCKETS FIRED AT ISRAEL, IDF HITS 150 TERROR TARGETS IN GAZA: The Israeli Air Force had hit roughly 150 terrorist positions across the Gaza Strip as of Tuesday morning, 13 Nov. 2018 following the latest wave of 50 strikes. An IDF spokesperson reported that the targets were tied to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations. According to an IDF spokesperson, the airstrikes were still underway at this time. Earlier Tuesday morning, the IDF reported that nearly 400 rockets and mortars had been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Approximately 100 projectiles fired from Gaza into Israel were shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system. One person was killed and another injured when a rocket fired by terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip slammed into a residential building in the coastal Israeli city of Ashkelon. A 40-year-old man was killed in the attack, with several others injured. In response, the IDF pounded terrorist strongholds across the Gaza Strip overnight, including the Hamas terror organization’s administrative headquarters. IDF jets bombed the building, disguised as the Al-Amal Hotel, which had been used by Hamas as its interior security headquarters for the past four years. Seven Hamas terrorists were reportedly eliminated. (Arutz-7)
ISRAEL UNDER ATTACK REPORT: IDF GIVEN ‘GREEN LIGHT’ IN GAZA: The consultation between PM Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and the military leaders in response to the launching of hundreds of rockets from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip lasted over four hours. A political source said that “in the prime minister’s consultation with the heads of the defense establishment, operational decisions were made.” According to the source, the IDF was given a green light to launch a heavy retaliation against Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. The decision comes as UN and Egyptian mediators attempt to restore calm and convince Hamas to halt the rocket attacks. Despite their efforts, rockets continue to fall on Israel. IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis warned: “Hamas is leading the Gaza Strip to destruction and will feel the intensity of the IDF’s response in the coming hours. So far we have attacked a wide range of targets including firing squads, military compounds, and observation posts. The attempt to harm civilians is unacceptable to us and we will continue to respond with force.” The Israeli Air Force had hit roughly 150 terrorist positions across the Gaza Strip as of Tue. morning, 13 Nov. 2018. (INN)
MAN KILLED, 2 WOMEN HURT IN DIRECT GAZA ROCKET HIT IN ASHKELON: As rocket barrages continued on Tuesday morning, 13 Nov. 2018, a Palestinian man from Hebron was killed, 2 women were hurt in direct rocket hit on a residential building in Ashkelon (one seriously the second moderately), and dozens of people were treated for light injuries and shock. Hamas and Islamic Jihad threatened to target Ashdod, Be’er Sheva and even farther if the IDF continues retaliatory strikes in Gaza. Since Monday afternoon 12 Nov. 2018 at least nine other people were rushed to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva: One woman lightly injured in her hand by shrapnel who was treated and released, while the rest were lightly hurt or suffering from shock. The Barzilai Medical Center received 75 injured: one moderately hurt, 62 lightly wounded and 12 suffering from shock. In addition, the 19-year-old soldier who was seriously wounded on Mon. 12 Nov. 2018 by a Cornet anti-tank missile fired at a bus near the Gaza border underwent surgery at the Soroka Medical Center during the night.
Rocket barrages from the Gaza Strip targeting Ashkelon, Sderot and the Gaza border communities continued the following morning. Two houses suffered a direct hit in the Eshkol Regional Council, but no one was hurt. The IDF retaliated by attacking some 150 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip. The army also noted that while it is prepared to evacuate residents from the Gaza border area, such a decision has yet to be made. The Home Front Command instructed residents in communities near the Gaza border and in the cities of Netivot and Ofakim to remain in shelters. Residents in the southern Negev, some communities in the Lakhish region and the cities of Be’er Sheva and Ashdod are required to be near shelters. Public gatherings are forbidden in open spaces in these areas. School was cancelled in all Gaza border communities, as well as in Be’er Sheva, Omer, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi and Gedera. The municipal elections in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, which were supposed to take place on Tuesday 13 Nov. 2018, were postponed due to the escalation of hostilities. Also on Tuesday Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi instructed the municipality to prepare to host of 300 families from the Gaza border communities during the upcoming weekend. The families will be received in hotels and in the homes of Eilat’s residents. (Ynet)
US ENVOY GREENBLAT RESPONDS TO HUNDREDS OF ROCKETS FIRED AT ISRAEL: US Special envoy Jason Greenblatt condemned the Hamas terrorist organization for launching about 300 rockets at Israel on Mon.12 Nov. 2018, [400 by the following morning ]. “Terrorists in Gaza are again attacking Israel with tools of war. These rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli towns must be condemned by all. Israel is forced once again into military action to defend its citizens. We stand with Israel as it defends itself against these attacks,” Greenblatt wrote. “Hamas’ activities continue to prove they don’t really care about the Palestinians of Gaza and their only interest is to use them for political purposes. Even Palestinian lives seem not to matter to Hamas,” he added. “The world has grown tired of Hamas’ violence and the violence of other bad actors in Gaza. This violence prevents any real help for the people of Gaza.” (INN)
MK YOGEV: CALM IN GAZA WILL COME AFTER WE ELIMINATE THE HEADS OF HAMAS: Member of Knesset Motti Yogev (Jewish Home) has responded to the escalation of the past few hours on the Gaza border by saying, “The arrangement for calm in the Gaza Strip can only take place if we eliminate the heads of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza, while striving for civilian rule in the Gaza Strip and humanitarian aid.” The retired colonel noted, “For the past eight months Hamas has played around with balloons and firebombs, and Israel has restrained itself. Now is the time to respond strongly. It is our obligation to protect the communities bordering Gaza and the south.” (Arutz-7)
HOME FRONT COMMAND PUBLISHES NEW GUIDELINES: The Home Front Command published new guidelines following the rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip Monday afternoon 12 Nov 2018. In the area surrounding the Gaza Strip, residents are required to stay in protected areas. In the southern Negev region and part of the Lachish communities, residents are required to stay close to protected areas and to enter protection according to the time available to them. Gatherings and gatherings in open spaces are prohibited. “The instructions of the Home Front Command must be obeyed. We will update as necessary.” (Arutz-7)
SDEROT RESIDENT: HOW DID IT COME TO THIS? Rina Mor Yosef, who has lived in Sderot for 36 years, is deeply critical of the conduct of the defense establishment in the light of the rocket attack on the communities surrounding the Gaza Strip. “I do not believe we have reached this state. My children and my grandchildren are screaming in armored personnel carriers. There is no electricity. Dozens of missiles have landed here. I ask Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, I chose you, so why are we in this situation?” Mor Yosef asked in a media interview. She called on the prime minister to wake up and take a harder hand against Hamas. “No one wants war. The role of the IDF and the Israeli government is to deter as much as possible. It is written that he who comes to kill you, you rise early to kill him. Why does this trial take place with Liberman and Netanyahu?” Mor Yosef declared that she will not break even in the face of such attacks. “I have been living here for 36 years and I have children and grandchildren who have stayed here with me. I will not leave Sderot. Everyone is now in the dormitories in the dark. How much can you calm the children? Where is the Israeli government in this whole story?” (INN)
AUSTRIAN CHANCELLOR: WE’RE FULLY COMMITTED TO ISRAEL’S SECURITY: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has condemned ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza, calls for violence to stop immediately. He stressed his country’s commitment to Israel. “Rocket attacks against Israel and its civilian population are certainly not the way to solve any of Gaza’s problems and must stop immediately. It is of paramount importance that civilians are protected and violence is immediately stopped. Austria is fully committed to Israel’s security,” tweeted Kurz. The Austrian Chancellor has shown support for Israel and for Jews, having pledged to make “combating anti-Semitism in all its forms” a top priority. He recently stressed that the need for Israel’s security is an “Austrian interest”. Also on Mon. 12 Nov. 2018 Emanuele Giaufret, the EU Ambassador to Israel, similarly condemned the rocket fire and called for restraint. “Following with great concern the situation and the indiscriminate firing of rockets towards the south of Israel. Attacks on civilians are unacceptable and need to stop. Everyone must step back from the brink,” he tweeted. Nickolay Mladenov, the UN envoy to the Middle East, called for an end to the violence.“UN is working closely with Egypt and all concerned to ensure that Gaza steps back from the brink. The escalation in the past 24hrs is EXTREMELY dangerous and reckless. Rockets must STOP, restraint must be shown by all! No effort must be spared to reverse the spiral of violence,” he wrote. (Israel National News)
‘MIRACLE’ KEPT 50 IDF SOLDIERS FROM BEING KILLED BY HAMAS MISSILE: Hamas terrorists operating on the edges of the Gaza Strip on Mon. 12 Nov. 2018 fired an anti-tank missile at a passenger bus driving on the Israeli side of the border. Just minutes earlier, the bus, which had no military markings, had dropped off some 50 Israeli soldiers at a gathering point ahead of expected operations against the Palestinian terror group. Two people were wounded in the strike; a 25-year-old Arab bus driver and a 19-year-old IDF soldier who was standing near the bus when it was hit. The soldier was initially listed in critical condition, but successfully underwent emergency surgery and is now being monitored in Intensive Care. According to numerous online reports, the driver, whose injuries were not life-threatening, told doctors at Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva that it was a “miracle” that the soldiers on his bus were not killed, and that the incident proves that “God loves the Jews.” (Israel Today) Intercede for ongoing miracles in the midst of Hamas violence and rocket attacks.
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff