July 17, 2014
Israel Begins Ground Offensive in Gaza
IDF ground forces began to move into the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, the prime minister's office confirmed.We pray that Hamas is crippled and that Israel can bring peace to Gaza quickly.
“In light of Hamas' continuous criminal aggression, and the dangerous infiltration into Israeli territory, Israel is obligated to act in defense of its citizens,” a statement from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office said.
The statement said that Operation Protective Edge, now in its 11th day, will continue until its goals are reached: restoring quiet for an extended period of time,and delivering a significant blow to Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza.
Prior to the commencement of the ground invasion, the IDF launched a massive wave of combined air and artillery strikes on Thursday night.