Operation Pillar of Defense – Update No. 8 (November 22, 1300 Hours)

Issued on 22/11/2012 Type Article
At 2100 hours on November 21 understandings went into effect regarding a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas (and the other terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip).

Operation Pillar of Defense – Update No. 7 (November 21, 1300 Hours)

Issued on 21/11/2012 Type Article
During the past 24 hours there was an increase in the amount of and lethal damage done by rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Operation Pillar of Defense – Update No. 6

Issued on 21/11/2012 Type Article
PIJ and Hezbollah emphasize Iran’s major role in providing military support to terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which includes supplying them with Fajr-5 rockets. The Iranian media as well had praise for Iran’s military assistance to the Palestinian terrorists.

Operation Pillar of Defense – Update No. 5 (November 20, 1300 Hours)

Issued on 20/11/2012 Type Article
On November 19 and the first half of November 20, the seventh day of Operation Pillar of Defense, rocket fire into Israel continued.

Operation Pillar of Defense – Update No. 4 (Terrorist Organizations Use Foreign Media Facilities for Camouflage and Protection)

Issued on 20/11/2012 Type Article
During the past 24 hours two instances were exposed of terrorist operatives' using the vehicles and buildings of foreign media in the Gaza Strip for purposes of camouflage and protection.

Operation Pillar of Defense – Update No. 3 (November 19, 1300 Hours)

Issued on 19/11/2012 Type Article
On November 18 and the first half of November 19 rocket fire attacks into Israeli territory continued, although they were fewer than during the previous 24 hours.
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Information on Hamas
Hamas is a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim organization founded in the Gaza Strip in 1987 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It seeks to establish an Islamic state on the entire territory of the State of Israel and does not recognize Israel's right to exist.
The Hamas leadership has two branches: the internal leadership, which controls the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, responsible for the day-to-day activities of governing the Gaza Strip population; and the external leadership, Hamas' political bureau, located beyond the borders of the Gaza Strip (primarily in Syria). The external leadership maintains relations with various countries and bodies, and deals mainly with raising money and finding other resources for Hamas.
According to the Hamas charter, the document on which its policies and propaganda are based, the only way the movement can achieve its ends, i.e., the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic state, is through an armed terrorist campaign to achieve the destruction Israel. Hamas' military-terrorist wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including rocket, mortar and suicide bombing attacks.
Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
Over the years Hamas has challenged the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, causing conflicts between the sides, culminating in June 2007 with Hamas' violent takeover of the Gaza Strip and the suppression of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority.