Netanyahu tweets ‘Hamas targets our children'; Tel Aviv under fire

Horrific and devastating. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Israel and its children.

As Twitchy has reported, IDF launched a “widespread campaign on terror sites” and Israel has been under heavy fire for days.

The IDF has been providing information and horrific photos via its Twitter feed. Prime Minister Netanyahu is doing the same.

Watch as 17-year old Paz of Ashkelon talks about what it’s like to live under constant threat of attack in

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 14, 2012

We are not prepared to make peace with a situation in which Israel’s citizens are menaced by the terror of rocket fire

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 14, 2012

More from Netanyahu’s statement to foreign press:

“In recent days and weeks, Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza have made normal life impossible for over one million Israelis. No government would tolerate a situation where nearly a fifth of its people live under a constant barrage of rockets and missile fire, and Israel will not tolerate this situation.

This is why my government has instructed the Israeli Defense Forces to conduct surgical strikes against the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. And this is why Israel will continue to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people.
I want to remind you that seven years ago, Israel withdrew from every square inch of Gaza. Now Hamas, they took over the areas we vacated. What did it do? Rather than build a better future for the residents of Gaza, the Hamas leadership, backed by Iran, turned Gaza into a terrorist stronghold.

They fired thousand of rockets at our cities, at our towns, at our civilians, at our children. They’ve smuggled thousands of rockets and missiles into Gaza, and they deliberately place these rockets and missiles in civilian areas: in homes, in schools, near hospitals. This year alone, the fired over one thousand rockets and missiles at Israel, included close to 200 rockets in the last 24 hours.

He goes onto explain there is no moral equivalency here. Hamas deliberately targets civilians, including children. They are terrorists who not only target children, but place rockets next to their own children. Hamas is a terrorist group, solely focused on death and destruction.

Netanyahu continued tweeting as well.

No country would agree to such a situation; Israel is not prepared to reconcile itself to such a situation

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 14, 2012

Hamas and the terror organizations have elected in recent days to escalate their attacks on Israel’s citizens

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 14, 2012

The terror organizations hurt our citizens with premeditation, while they deliberately conceal themselves behind their own citizens.

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 14, 2012

We in contradistinction refrain to the extent possible from harming civilians; this is a fundamental difference between us and them

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 14, 2012

They would simply like to wipe us off the face of the earth and they have no reservations about harming innocent civilians

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 14, 2012

Exactly. And some sickly support and defend Hamas?

It continues.

Our thoughts & prayers are with over a million brave Israeli citizens who for another night seek shelter from endless rocket attacks.

— Israel ישראל (@Israel) November 15, 2012

Breaking: A rocket fired from Gaza struck an open area near Rishon LeZion, a city with more than 200,000 people. #IsraelUnderFire

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012

RIGHT NOW: Incoming rocket alerts heard in Tel Aviv for the first time since the 1991 Gulf War. TEL AVIV PEOPLE — SEEK COVER IMMEDIATELY.

— Avi Mayer (@avimayer) November 15, 2012

RT @sethamandel: Times of Israel: Air raid sirens in Tel Aviv for first time since 1991 Gulf War:

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) November 15, 2012

BREAKING- I hear explosions over Tel Aviv. Rockets hitting Tel Aviv.

— Tom Barton(@TomBarton_RT) November 15, 2012

ALERT: Tel Aviv area was just hit by a rocket attack from #Gaza. #IsraelUnderFire

— Michael B. Oren (@AmbassadorOren) November 15, 2012

Twitchy will continue to monitor and provide further updates.

One rocket hit Tel Aviv, no casualties according to Israeli Army radio. Watch for updates

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 15, 2012

Rocket from Hamas Hits Tel Aviv: Numerous reports on Twitter indicate that a rocket from Hamas has hit Tel Aviv….

— weeklystandard (@weeklystandard) November 15, 2012

BREAKING: Explosion heard in Tel Aviv following air-raid sirens, Gaza rocket strike feared. -BW

— The Associated Press (@AP) November 15, 2012

Rocket from Gaza strikes Tel Aviv as Israel teeters on the brink of full scale…

— d vivash (@dv9876) November 15, 2012

Missile just fell in Tel-Aviv, where innocent civilians live! #ShitJustGotReal #IStandW @ Tel Aviv (תל אביב)

— Tamar Ben-Moshe (@TamarBenMoshe) November 15, 2012

Picture from Channel 10 with rocket warning for Tel Aviv.…

— Michael Pitkowsky (@mpitkowsky) November 15, 2012

#Colorred rocket alarm sounded in Tel Aviv right outside my window.…

— Adi Yagil (@adiyagil) November 15, 2012

Stay safe xx RT @yair_zivanOur bomb shelter which we just saw for the first time when the Tel Aviv siren went off.…

— Anna Zecharia (@annazecharia) November 15, 2012

Picture from @news10 of Fajr rocket being fired towards Tel Aviv.…

— Michael Pitkowsky (@mpitkowsky) November 15, 2012

That awkward moment when everyone’s talking about #Hamas & Tel Aviv and I’m in the shelter reading their tweets.. #WAR

— Caroline ♥ (@ILovePLL4) November 15, 2012


IDF says no rockets actually struck.

A few minutes ago, sirens in Tel Aviv sent residents running for shelter. We can confirm that no rockets struck in the area.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012

Confirmed: Sirens indicating rockets launched, but so far reports indicate that none actually struck inside the city.

Confirmed:despite sirens in Tel Aviv,rockets did not land in the area. #PillarOfDefense

— Avital Leibovich (@AvitalLeibovich) November 15, 2012

More: IDF clarifies rockets did not hit the ground in Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Last 24 hrs, 274 rockets fired from #Gaza at Israel.

— Embassy of Israel (@IsraelinUSA) November 15, 2012

Israel remains under fire.

Since yesterday, 274 rockets fired from #Gaza have hit #Israel.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012

Twitchy will continue to monitor and update with all developments.


LIVE BLOG: Rockets strike Tel Aviv area; three Israelis killed in attack on south…

— ناصربن محمد(@thena9ir) November 15, 2012

@joshblockdc: Reports of explosion in Tel Aviv, #Israel. Air raid sirens heard.Residents ordered into bomb shelters#stoptherockets#Hamas

— David Stein (@dstein611) November 15, 2012

Update: Reports that the airport has been closed.

Tweep from Jerusalem –> RT @asoldiersmother #Israel has closed the airport; after rockets hit near Tel Aviv #PillarofDefense

— Susan(@ha_bibti) November 15, 2012

Reports, unconfirmed, of a rocket landing in Holon, on outskirts of Tel Aviv.

Rocket strikes southern outskirts of Tel Aviv | JTA – Jewish & Israel News…

— Rabbi David Mivasair (@Mivasair) November 15, 2012

According to Reuters, the rocket landed in the sea. According to others, it hit Holon, near Tel Aviv. Many conflicting reports so far.

— Doc Jazz ✌ طارق (@docjazzmusic) November 15, 2012

Sister in Tel Aviv. Father-in-law visiting family in Holon. Sirens going, rockets hitting TA-suburbs. Just the beginning. #israelunderfire

— Benjamin Gerber (@BenjaminiGbg) November 15, 2012

Rocket just landed in Holon… My whole family lives there… #shema israel.

— Haley Ifraimov ♡ (@HaleyIfraimov) November 15, 2012

@izar_t They DID land near Holon…

— Misha (@ybrl2) November 15, 2012

#BREAKING: A #rocket fell in Holon, south of #TelAviv. We’ll keep you updated with the latest.…

— JewishJournal (@JewishJournal) November 15, 2012

Follow #IsraelUnderFire or #PrayforIsrael:

Whole situation is horrible RT @max_buchdahl: A rocket just landed in @casspi18‘s hometown of Holon, Israel. #IsraelUnderFire #PrayForIsrael

— Jewish Sports Found. (@JewishSportsFDN) November 15, 2012


Hamas has suffered a severe blow to its underground infrastructure, but it still maintains a capability to fire long-range rockets.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012

Terrorist groups in Gaza fire rockets from residential areas. Would you raise your child in such a neighborhood? #Hamas

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012

During the past hour, the IDF targeted approx. 70 underground medium range rocket launching sites in #Gaza. Direct hits were confirmed.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012

Hamas has turned #Gaza into a frontal base for #Iran, terrorizing residents of Israel&forcing them to live under unbearable circumstances

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012

More than 1,000 rockets fired from #Gaza hit #Israel in 2012 alone…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012


Beer Sheva is also under attack:

Al Qassam Brigades bombing Beer Sheva military bases with dozens of projectiles#gaza #ShaleStones #GazaUnderAttack #Israel

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 15, 2012

PHOTO – Car destroyed in BeerSheva by Gaza rocket… #Israel #Israelunderfire #CNN #US #Obama #UK #ireland #UN #Gaza

— Ora Levitt (@IDFsoldiergirl) November 15, 2012

Another rocket hits a house in Beer Sheva. Earlier today 3 people lost their life in a similar hit.

— TaliaGw (@TaliaGw) November 15, 2012

#Israel media reporting direct hit on house in Beer Sheva- family was inside but only sustained shock. #miracle. #Gaza #Hamas #IDF

— Daniel Nisman(@DannyNis) November 15, 2012

@jrcohen Saw a cell phone vid on FB that was taken in Beer Sheva. Not sure why they were outside but the images & sounds were unbelievable.

— Sallye Wasserstein (@sallyewass) November 15, 2012

@evanpokroy Where are you in Israel? My family in Beer Sheva had a sleepless night, rockets raining down frequently. Not good.

— Alberto Pardo (@BestSocialPrgrm) November 15, 2012

This Twitterer raises a very good point:

.@idfspokesperson remember when @barackobama said “U.S. will stand with Israel if attacked”?Me too.

— Sean Hannity’s Hair (@SHannitysHair) November 15, 2012

While President Obama has shown himself to be anything but pro-Israel, we stand and will continue to stand with Israel.

Update: Netanyahu continues tweeting.

In past 24 hrs #Israel made clear it will not tolerate rocket attacks on its civilians. I hope #Hamas & other terrorists in Gaza got message

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 15, 2012

The terrorists in #Gaza are committing a double war crime. They fire at Israeli civilians, and they hide behind Palestinian civilians

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 15, 2012

And deletes a tweet thanking President Obama for support.

@jtes @BuzzFeedAndrew Here’s a screenshot of the tweet, via Topsy:

— erik malinowski (@erikmal) November 15, 2012

RT @BuzzFeedAndrew Screenshot of Netanyahu's deleted Tweet thanking Obama for his support. via @erikmal

— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) November 15, 2012

More from the IDF:

For a recap of the second day of #PillarOfDefense, check out the updating post:… #Hamas #Gaza

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012

Since start of the operation: 300 terrorist sites targeted in #Gaza. +300 rockets struck #Israel. +130 missiles intercepted by Iron Dome

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012

Did you know? In the last decade, over 12,800 rockets fired from #Gaza exploded in #Israel RT to show #IsraelUnderFire.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012

15 seconds can be a long time. Unless it’s all the time you have to save your life.…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012

Update: A U.S. Senate resolution supporting Israel’s right to self-defense has been drafted. Thirty senators have signed on.

U.S. Senate resolution backs Israel’s actions in Gaza: #IsraelUnderFire #PillarOfDefense

— Daniel Odrezin (@dkodrezin) November 15, 2012

The non-binding resolution, originally drafted by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), “expresses unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognizes and strongly supports its inherent right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism.”

The resolution, the first such proposed legislation in the wake of Israeli airstrikes launched Wednesday in retaliation for rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, may come to a vote as early as Thursday evening.

Text of #Senate resolution in support of #Israel's self-defense (@Kampeas in @JTAnews)

— William Daroff (@Daroff) November 15, 2012

A student at Ben Gurion University has written about his experience during Operation Pillar of Defense and life as an Israeli living under the constant threat of terror:

RT this: The current situation, through the eyes of a student from Be’er Sheva. #IsraelUnderFire

— Barook Goldsmith (@BarookG) November 15, 2012

I wrote this letter in the hopes that when you read or watch the news, and hear of what’s going on. When they report all of Israel’s attacks on Gaza, and leave out the fact the Israel’s been under constint fire for over 11 years, that when you see the planes attcking Gaza, but they don’t show you the strikes on Israely civilian homes, remember I’m there too. I am one of those running from the missles.

I have seen the graces of G-d first hand. Since Jabri’s death, over two hundred and fifty missiles have been fired upon Israel in the span of less than 24 hours, and most Israelis are alive and unharmed, save for 3 brave Israelis who were killed running to their bomb shelter and 3 solders wounded while defending Israeli’s right to freedom. While writing these lines, my friends and family are being called up, to unfortunatly pick up arms to go defend Israel’s civilians and borders.

We here at Ben Gurion University pray for the fighting to end, for a time of brotherhood and peace among all Jews, and among all of Israel’s neighbors.

And we continue to pray that peace will come to Israel and her people.

Time to rest. Please, HaShem, keep Israel overnight. Let us awake anew. #IsraelUnderFire

— Chaviva Galatz (@TheChaviva) November 15, 2012


Air raid sirens sounded in Tel Aviv on Friday and a loud explosion was heard as Hamas targeted the city again.

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