Israel's Defense Against Terror from Gaza

Daily Update: August 26, 2014

After 50 days of fighting, Israel and the Palestinians agreed to an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement of unlimited duration on August 26. Initial reports indicate that Hamas and other terrorists in Gaza agreed to halt all rocket and mortar fire into Israel. In exchange, Israel agreed to cease military activity, to expand the openings of the border crossings to allow for easier flow of goods into Gaza, and to extend the fishing limit off Gaza’s coast. Separately, Egypt agreed to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza. Both Israel and the Palestinians agreed to resume indirect talks within a month to address the more complex issues dividing the parties.

Recent Developments

  • Israel and the Palestinians entered into an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Minutes before the truce took effect, terrorists in Gaza fired a barrage of rockets at central Israel.
  • Since breaching the cease-fire last Tuesday, terrorists in Gaza have fired more than 900 rockets at Israel.
  • An Israeli civilian was killed in a mortar attack on Tuesday, marking the fifth civilian casualty in Operation Protective Edge. 64 Israeli soldiers have also been killed in the current conflict.
  • The United States backed the announcement of a new truce between Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday. “We strongly support today’s cease-fire agreement and call on all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.
  • Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, Israel has facilitated the transfer of more than 5,359 truckloads of humanitarian supplies and goods into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge on July 8:

  • 4,500 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza
  • 3,000 rockets have struck Israel
  • 700+ rockets have been intercepted by Iron Dome

Talking Points

  1. Hamas is relentlessly firing rockets at Israel.
    Since the beginning of July, Palestinian terrorists have fired over 500 missiles and projectiles at Israel, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Through constant missile barrages, terrorist infiltrations and cyber-attacks, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist factions have waged physical and psychological warfare against Israel’s civilian population.

  2. Israel is exercising its legitimate right of self-defense.
    Israel has exercised its right to protect itself by undertaking military action that is has dubbed Operation Protective Edge. Israel made several efforts to defuse the situation, but Hamas rebuffed every Israeli feeler.  

  3. America must stand with Israel.
    It is critical for the United States to reiterate its support for its ally Israel, including its right to live in peace and to defend itself.  “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians, and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.