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Operation Pillar of Defense:
Background & Overview

(November 14 - 21, 2012)


Pillar of Defense: Table of Contents | Ceasefire Agreement | World Leaders Respond


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On November 14, 2012, in response to a dramatic escalation in rocket fire by terrorists in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Pillar of Defense.
Click Any Question to Reveal the Facts and Learn More:

What Provoked the Recent Escalation in Violence?

Was Israel Justified to Target Hamas Leader Ahmed Jabari?

What are Israel's Objectives for Operation Pillar of Defense?

Do Hamas Rockets Really Pose a Security Threat to Israel?

Has Israel's Response in Pillar of Defense been Proportional?

If the Hamas Rocket Threat is Indeed Serious - Why Is the Number of Israeli Casualties so Low?

What is the U.S. Position on Palestinian Terror from Gaza?


Sources: em>Times of Israel (November 14, 2012); (November 14, 2012); (November 15, 2012); (November 16, 2012);  IDF Blog (November 15, 2012); (November 20, 2012); Jerusalem Post (June 15, 2011);  U.S. State Department Press Release (November 14, 2012); CNN interview with Mark Regev (November 15, 2012); GovTrack; Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (November 15, 2012); White House

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