Update: My husband saw a number of our neighbors in IDF uniforms at the usual morning prayers this morning. These men are in their forties and have serious roles in the army. A sign that this time it is war.
The next war in Israel is here. Two signs that things are different this time around (versus the “usual” IAF attacks on targets in Gaza after rockets are fired into Israel): one, the IDF has called it an operation, and gave it a name – Pillar of Defense (in Hebrew, Amud HaAnan, referring to the biblical pillar of fire that attended the people of Israel when they wandered in the desert. This is a marked change from the purely secular names chosen in the past). Two, the IDF has approved a call up of reserve duty soldiers.
The IAF took out a major terrorist in Gaza yesterday – the Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. Rockets were fired from the time of the assasination yesterday afternoon and continued all night and continue even now. School has been closed in all areas within 40 kilometers of Gaza. In places that are within four kilometers of Gaza the public has been requested to stay home from work and stay away from the malls and other public places.
I have heard now on the radio that thousands of police are being deployed across Israel to increase defense against possible terrorist attacks, and there is a closure of Yehuda and Shomron (Judea and Samaria). This means that Arabs from these areas will not be allowed into other parts of Israel to work.
I’ll be updating throughout the day.