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Gaza - Israel Confirms It Killed Hamas Military Chief (video)

Published on: November 14, 2012 09:06 AM
Last updated on: November 14, 2012 12:07 PM
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Ahmed Al-Jabari, top commander of Hamas armed wing Al-Qassam brigades, poses for a picture after a prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel, in Cairo, in this October 18, 2011 file photo. Hamas's military chief Ahmed Al-Jabari was killed when his car was hit by an Israeli airstrike on November 14, 2012, the Islamist group said, with multiple Israeli attacks rocking the Gaza Strip. Hamas said Ahmed Al-Jaabari died along with a passenger after their car was targeted by an Israeli missile. REUTERS/Hamas Office/Handout/FilesAhmed Al-Jabari, top commander of Hamas armed wing Al-Qassam brigades, poses for a picture after a prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel, in Cairo, in this October 18, 2011 file photo. Hamas's military chief Ahmed Al-Jabari was killed when his car was hit by an Israeli airstrike on November 14, 2012, the Islamist group said, with multiple Israeli attacks rocking the Gaza Strip. Hamas said Ahmed Al-Jaabari died along with a passenger after their car was targeted by an Israeli missile. REUTERS/Hamas Office/Handout/Files

Gaza - Israel killed the military commander of Hamas in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip Wednesday, bringing the two sides to the brink of a possible new war.

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The attack came despite signs that Egypt had managed to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants after a five day surge of violence which saw more than 100 missiles fired out of Gaza and repeated Israeli strikes on the enclave.

Islamist Hamas said Ahmed Al-Jaabari, who ran the organization’s armed wing, Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam, died along with a passenger after their car was targeted by an Israeli missile.

Israel’s Shin Bet domestic intelligence service confirmed it had carried out the attack, saying it had killed Jaabari because of his “decade-long terrorist activity”.

“The purpose of this operation was to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership,” the Israeli military said in a statement.

Immediate calls for revenge were broadcast over Hamas radio and smaller groups also warned of retaliation.

“Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences,” Islamic Jihad said.

A Reuters witness reported there were multiple Israeli airstrikes against the coastal enclave, but it was not immediately clear what else had been targeted.

Hamas has governed Gaza since 2007 and does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. It has been emboldened by the rise to power in neighboring Egypt of its spiritual mentors in the Muslim Brotherhood whom it views as a “safety net”.

Israel last staged a full-scale attack on Gaza during a three week conflict in 2008 and 2009 in which 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.

Emergency services extinguish the burned out destroyed car of Qassam top leader Ahmed Jabari after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on 14 November 2012. Hamas says the head of its military wing has been killed in an Israeli air strike. Israel said it had targeted Ahmed al-Jabari because of what it called his decade-long terrorist activity.  EPA/ALI ALIEmergency services extinguish the burned out destroyed car of Qassam top leader Ahmed Jabari after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on 14 November 2012. Hamas says the head of its military wing has been killed in an Israeli air strike. Israel said it had targeted Ahmed al-Jabari because of what it called his decade-long terrorist activity.  EPA/ALI ALI

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 09:32 AM Raitech Says:

Kool! Keep it up! Our holy brothers!!

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM sane Says:

Good riddance!

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM Kleegerfinyaydem Says:

Kudos to Israel!! Kudos to Bibi!! Kien yoivdu!!!

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 09:52 AM Liepa Says:

Do these lowlifes really believe they're gonna get away with lobbing missiles at Israel indiscriminately.

Kain Yovaidu kol ovachu HASHEM!

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 09:55 AM ILoveJews Says:

Finally Israel has woken up a little bit
Thank You Hashem! כן יאבדו כל אויבך ה

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM rebeli Says:

Great work Israel.......................

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM bennyt Says:

What a waste of a perfectly good car!

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM PashutehYid Says:

When the leaders start having to spend most of their energy looking over their shoulders and hiding underground, it impedes their ability to conduct terror.

It also upsets them because they always send the little guys on suicide attacks and rocket launching missions whom they don't care about. When the big boys start getting targeted, they sing a different tune.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM proud-mo-israeli Says:

you are a typical cowardly galut Jew. Erev Rav probably. Shame on you!

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM ShmutzVesh Says:

And another one bites the dust.....

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM The_Beadle Says:

You need help

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM ikleinit Says:

The only way to fight this type of war of attrition is to change the rules of the game. I am talking Total war policy scorched earth ....

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM Aloofknaz Says:

Good bye and good riddance

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM RebKlemson Says:

every couple years israel has to remind them what we can do, and then they quiet down for a few years. time to repeat cast lead

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM PrettyBoyFloyd Says:

Satmer hasn't done for Klal Yisrael in 50 years what the IDF has done in one airstrike.
Kein yovdu kol ovecha Hashem.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM 12345 Says:

Kudos Israel.

May Hashem keep our brother and sisters safe and they should be victorious is all of their actions.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
proud-mo-israeli Says:

you are a typical cowardly galut Jew. Erev Rav probably. Shame on you!

Are we not in Galut anymore?

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 01:17 PM achacham@aol.com Says:

Reply to #10  
proud-mo-israeli Says:

you are a typical cowardly galut Jew. Erev Rav probably. Shame on you!

The war against Amalek is the war against the Erev Rav. See Zohar Beshalach 67a.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 02:07 PM sruly Says:

HAMAS does not need a reason to kill Jews!!! Wake up and smell the coffee!

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 02:12 PM Sruly Says:

Reply to #16  
PrettyBoyFloyd Says:

Satmer hasn't done for Klal Yisrael in 50 years what the IDF has done in one airstrike.
Kein yovdu kol ovecha Hashem.

Now your not being logical. You might dressage with satmar on Israel etc. but you cannot take away all the good deeds they do as a gigantic pillar of CHESED!

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 02:13 PM clear-thinker Says:

One can always rely on you to join the enemies of Israel on any topic. Further one can always rely on you to join the enemies of all Jews. Placing a c"v should not fool anyone, you are on the side of the enemies of the Jews. During the holocaust you would have made a fine Kapo. Israel is not crazy. On the other hand Alterg is a moron.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 02:14 PM Yonason_Herschlag Says:

This is a very dramatic operation, designed by Barak to impress Israeli voters, that he can arouse our emotions of pride. But it is not a strategy that will provide security to the Israelis in range of their cheap missiles. The dramatic mission cost well over 100 thousand dollars, and knocked off a terrorist that can be replaced with less than ten thousand dollars. So who won?!

Cost effective missions that have proven effective in stopping missile attacks are planned differently. Leaflets are dropped to evacuate areas from where the attacks emanate, and the same 100 thousand dollar budget is instead used via bulldozers and dynamite, flattening one hundred million dollars of real estate, with a warning that anything found moving in the area will be targeted from the air.

With such a devastating loss they will be convinced that it doesn't pay to repeat.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM Galut yid Says:

Kain Yovaidu kol ovachu hashem.Understandably a strike like this brings out patriotism towards Israel.
Just one more terrorist was killed but fact remains that actions like these only provokes more violence against Israel.Since the existence of the Jewish state not a day goes by not worrying what will happen next.The Jewish state is the least safest place to live in.You may all scream satmar but it does not take away from the fact that Jewish lives are in danger there.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 04:39 PM Not Necessarily Says:

First of all, you misquoted the Possuk ... it is Oi-yiv-cho, not, Oi-ve-cho.
Secondly please look at M'gilloh 16A -- this Possuk only applies to "Unsereh".
BTW, Homon made the same mistake as you!

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 04:46 PM Mmm Says:

Did you rejoice when Romney lost? Mmm.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 06:53 PM Josh38 Says:

Reply to #26  
Not Necessarily Says:

First of all, you misquoted the Possuk ... it is Oi-yiv-cho, not, Oi-ve-cho.
Secondly please look at M'gilloh 16A -- this Possuk only applies to "Unsereh".
BTW, Homon made the same mistake as you!

1) Your first point changes nothing -- the translation of the words in that Possuk is "your enemy".
2) I'm aware of the Gemarra in Megillah, thank you. I'm also aware that the plain words of Shlomo Ha-melech make no distinction about Jewish or non-Jewish enemies, and that many esteemed Rabbis, including R' Yosef Karo, didn't make this distinction. See Orach Chaim, 490:4, where he writes
שבלי הלקט (סי’ קעד סט:) כתב בשם מדרש הרנינו פרשת סוכה שהטעם שאין
גומרין ההלל כל ימי הפסח הוא לפי שנטבעו המצריים וכתיב (משלי כד יז)
בנפול אויבך אל תשמח.

In other words, he cites in the name of the Midrash Harninu that we don't finish Hallel on all the days of Pesach because the Egyptians drowned and he then cites that same Posuk from Mishlei. Which clearly shows that many great minds, including the Midrash Harninu and Rabbi Yosef Karo believed that the words of Shlomo Ha-melech applied also in the case of suffering of non-Jews.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 07:07 PM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #25  
Galut yid Says:

Kain Yovaidu kol ovachu hashem.Understandably a strike like this brings out patriotism towards Israel.
Just one more terrorist was killed but fact remains that actions like these only provokes more violence against Israel.Since the existence of the Jewish state not a day goes by not worrying what will happen next.The Jewish state is the least safest place to live in.You may all scream satmar but it does not take away from the fact that Jewish lives are in danger there.

I don't know. It might be more dangerous to be in a school in Talouse. It might be more dangerous being a Jew in Yemen. It might be more dangerous being at a Chabad house in Mumbai. It might be more dangerous ...
I do not screqm Satmar, although during the holocaust Satmar was not the place for a Jew to be, unless he could get on a Zionist train.
I agree that we should worry about the safety of Jews whether in Galut or Israel. I am thrilled that you agree.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 09:34 PM Galoutyid Says:

Reply to #29  
clear-thinker Says:

I don't know. It might be more dangerous to be in a school in Talouse. It might be more dangerous being a Jew in Yemen. It might be more dangerous being at a Chabad house in Mumbai. It might be more dangerous ...
I do not screqm Satmar, although during the holocaust Satmar was not the place for a Jew to be, unless he could get on a Zionist train.
I agree that we should worry about the safety of Jews whether in Galut or Israel. I am thrilled that you agree.

Israel was suupose to be a safe heaven for jews after the holocoast jews get more killed there then anywere else.Since its existence over thirty thousand jewish lives were lost.Thousands of widows thousands of orphans and thousands of heart broken parents,how many tears have you shed on them? I bet zero.all you care that jews have a state and an army let them get killed,right? And u come back with the old baloney story about the zionist train.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM Yawvous Says:

Reply to #7  
bennyt Says:

What a waste of a perfectly good car!

This guy has been living on borrowed times since the Shalit escapade. He has now been taken care of

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 12:29 AM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #30  
Galoutyid Says:

Israel was suupose to be a safe heaven for jews after the holocoast jews get more killed there then anywere else.Since its existence over thirty thousand jewish lives were lost.Thousands of widows thousands of orphans and thousands of heart broken parents,how many tears have you shed on them? I bet zero.all you care that jews have a state and an army let them get killed,right? And u come back with the old baloney story about the zionist train.

Temper, temper. No I do not come back with baloney. I merely point out a historical event. I imagine we have shed tears for each and every person who has been murdered in Israel. I imagine you join me in being heartbroken over all of the orphans, parents and widows. I imagine we both understand that many more Jews would have been killed if there would not be a state with an army. I also imagine that we both pray for the safety of each and every Jew in Israel at this time of danger. Notice, I still don't scream satmar, since I would hope that each Jew worries about the safety of every other Jew.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 01:04 AM PashutehYid Says:

Reply to #30  
Galoutyid Says:

Israel was suupose to be a safe heaven for jews after the holocoast jews get more killed there then anywere else.Since its existence over thirty thousand jewish lives were lost.Thousands of widows thousands of orphans and thousands of heart broken parents,how many tears have you shed on them? I bet zero.all you care that jews have a state and an army let them get killed,right? And u come back with the old baloney story about the zionist train.

GalutYid, first of all the number of soldiers and victims of terror lo aleinu is less than 25,000, which is still too high. Yet how many did we lose in holocaust, inquisition, tach vtat, crusades, pogroms? Way way more. The medinah is the biggest bracha we have. It is not perfect, but you can help make it so.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 04:28 AM proud-mo-israeli Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

Are we not in Galut anymore?

no, I am not in Galut any more. I live in the Jewish State of Israel that has an independent Jewish government & the strongest army in the Middle East. We build relationships with our allies & have treaties that we are bound to comply with, but we have our own Jewish leaders & answer only to ourselves.
Jews that live either physically or mentally in Galut migh feel differently.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM Not Necessarily Says:

Reply to #28  
Josh38 Says:

1) Your first point changes nothing -- the translation of the words in that Possuk is "your enemy".
2) I'm aware of the Gemarra in Megillah, thank you. I'm also aware that the plain words of Shlomo Ha-melech make no distinction about Jewish or non-Jewish enemies, and that many esteemed Rabbis, including R' Yosef Karo, didn't make this distinction. See Orach Chaim, 490:4, where he writes
שבלי הלקט (סי’ קעד סט:) כתב בשם מדרש הרנינו פרשת סוכה שהטעם שאין
גומרין ההלל כל ימי הפסח הוא לפי שנטבעו המצריים וכתיב (משלי כד יז)
בנפול אויבך אל תשמח.

In other words, he cites in the name of the Midrash Harninu that we don't finish Hallel on all the days of Pesach because the Egyptians drowned and he then cites that same Posuk from Mishlei. Which clearly shows that many great minds, including the Midrash Harninu and Rabbi Yosef Karo believed that the words of Shlomo Ha-melech applied also in the case of suffering of non-Jews.

If what you assumed was correct, we wouldn't say Hallel at all. I think that the M'chaber is saying that we have to temper our joy -- bottom line, we still say Hallel.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM ikleinit Says:

The only way to fight this type of war of attrition is to change the rules of the game. I am talking Total war policy scorched earth ....

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