Israel Assassinates Hamas Army's "Chief Of Staff" In Precision Airstrike, Hamas Vows "Infernal" Response

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Update: Israel CDS 145/155, +6 bps

In a move that is certain to aggravate the already frayed relations between Israel and the Palestine, not to mention send Brent spiking, moments ago the IAF, in a precision airstrike, assassinated Ahmed Jaabari, the head of Hamas' armed wing - a position that is equivalent to Chief of Staff - together with his son, who were travelling in a car at the moment of the strike. And, as expected, the furious Hamas response has already been logged and promises much more death and escalation in the near term.

From Times of Israel:

The IDF confirmed the airstrike on Jaabari and said that it had launched a “widespread campaign on terror sites and operatives in the Gaza Strip, chief among them Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets.”

“By nature of his position, Jaabari has been responsible over the past decade for all anti-Israel terror activity emanating from the [Gaza] Strip, the Shin Bet security agency said in a statement.

Palestinians reported that there had been additional IAF airstrikes in Khan Yunis and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Jaabari was credited with being one of the leaders of Hamas’s violent putsch to take control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, and masterminded the professionalization of the Hamas military.

Israel attempted to kill Jaabari in an airstrike in 2004, but ended up killing his eldest son, his brother, and several cousins instead.

Israel's official stance, is that the assassination is in retaliation to a recent surge in shelling out of Gaza:

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not abide the ongoing rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.


“The IDF is operating, and will operate forcefully against the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which are sustaining heavy blows from the IDF,” the prime minister said. “The world needs to understand that Israel will not sit idly by in the face of attempts to attack us. We are prepared to intensify the response.”


Although the prime minister didn’t mention any specific avenues of action, Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya’alon was more specific. “There’s no doubt that in the past two weeks we’ve been witnessing an escalation, which Hamas is responsible for,” Ya’alon told Israel Radio on Sunday. “We aren’t going to let this stand.”

Of course, Hamas has its own reasons to escalate the shelling, which in its view is justified due to ongoing killings by Israel, and so on, and so on, since the beginning of time. And as was to be expected, moments ago:


In other words, Israel is now waging three potential offensive campaigns: Syria, Iran and Gaza. This too, shall end well. If not for everyone, then certainly for Brent bulls.

And from the IDF's blog:

In the past hour, the IDF targeted Ahmed Jabri, the head of Hamas’ military wing, in the Gaza Strip. Jabri was a senior Hamas operative who served in the upper echelon of the Hamas’ command and was directly responsible for executing terror attacks against the State of Israel in the past number of years.

The purpose of this operation was to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure. This was a surgical operation in cooperation with the Israeli Security Agency, that was implemented on the basis of concrete intelligence and using advanced capabilities.

Ahmed Jabari

Ahmed Jabari (far right)

The IDF will continue to target sites that are used for carrying out terror attacks against the citizens of Israel while improving their daily security.

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buzzsaw99's picture

I wonder where the IAF got those precision weapons. They hate us for our freedumbs.

Pladizow's picture

Israel will stop at nothing to start WWIII and the Arabs will happily accept the dance!

Troll Magnet's picture


Manthong's picture

Was that a Chevy Volt he was driving?

Gully Foyle's picture


Could be a Tesla or a Fisker Karma. If there was rain probably a Karma.

(Biden 2016, Kumbaya lord Kumbaya)

redpill's picture

Israel has done it this time, now Hamas is going to declare double-dog jihad on them!


EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

Once Israel is bombed into a parking lot, they'll have more room for elitemobile parking

gmrpeabody's picture

Why was this guy riding around in a convertable to begin with...?

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

He was on his way to invest in "the next big thing", assination drones...

The Alarmist's picture

"Hamas Vows "Infernal" Response"

Why do I have this image of Yosemite Sam jumping up and down and popping off his six-guns?


Vigilante's picture mean Gaza sir...

...but then ,again goy dhimmis can't wait to don the burqa.

Rentier's picture

funny shit there redpill!

JPM Hater001's picture

@Troll Magnet

You moron.  This was a big step towards war and we do not want that.

Troll Magnet's picture

You moron. What YOU or I want is IRRELEVANT, you fucking douchebag. Wake the fuck up.

Cow's picture

Speaking of irrelevant, you got a mirror?

cirrus's picture

I don't get much anti-Israel sentiment. Arabs and Hamas have an open and admitted policy that they want to kill every Jew in the world and eliminate Israel from the map. Their culture/religion wants religious rule for the globe...that includes us. They openly shout death to USA...that includes us. Muslims attacked US on Sep 11 on our soil. They killed our ambassador several weeks ago. If every American on this site were walking around in a Hamas countrolled village in the Middle East they would likely be taken captive and killed because they're American. AND STILL....................

People take their side against Israel?

How stupid and naive are these people? This is the same mentality that's causing our Constitution to be trampled on here at home. I don't support our wars in the Middle East and other US Empire actions but I have no problem with the Israeli's taking out this known killer and anti-American/anti-Israeli terrorist. Obviously, some here just don't understand how the world works or are motivated by sheer racism and prejudice instead of logic and reason.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Is that you MDB? Well done.


EDIT: I junked you for your 9/11 and Benghazi propaganda and poor understanding of the concept "blowback". Get your facts straight dummie.

Abitdodgie's picture

Talking of the middle east , how did Stvens funeral go anyone?

Bay of Pigs's picture

Why not ask Hilary Clinton about that? Obviously some posters here arent up to speed on the Benghazi issue.

"Muslims attacked US on Sep 11 on our soil. They killed our ambassador several weeks ago"?

That passes the smell test at ZH now? Give me a fucking break.

Joe A's picture

Don't you know? Eventually any good site will attract neonazis and other scum so they can ventilate their hate for Jews. Neonazis and other scum voting down my post in 3, 2, 1...

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buzzsaw99's picture

<--- zionist pig lovers

<--- not so much

you got a lot of down votes, let's do a poll!

Troll Magnet's picture

probably a bunch of hillel fuckers signed up here on a crusade to defend nazisrael.

sullymandias's picture

All you fucking magnets know how to do is shit in other people's mailboxes.

kliguy38's picture

Wrong......that was Blythe taking out a big silver stacker

Drachma's picture

Israel will stop at nothing...Iran is determined to...Syria persists in...Hamas is unwearyingly relentless in its...Egypt remains steadfast...The U.S will strengthen its resolve...blah, blah, blah

xtop23's picture

Oh boy here we go. Wonder how long it'll be till Obama gives the green light for another kinetic action ( for humanitarian reasons of course ). Not like he has to worry about reelection again.

krispkritter's picture

Yeah, he's more 'flexible' now...which means he's able to give 'reach arounds' on a Global scale now...

Gert_B_Frobe's picture

Shhh. He's lining up his putt on #4. "Hey Petraus, hand me the Billy Baroo."

JPM Hater001's picture

America- Freeing the shit out of countries one by one.

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

Human primates enslaving human primates. This planet is the planet of the Apes. Lose-lose has never had greater meaning

Gully Foyle's picture


I was impressed this season of HOMELAND started with news of Israel bombing Iranian nuke facilities.

Softening us up folks, softening us up.

(Biden 2016, Bootzilla here)

buzzsaw99's picture

If you give money to Hamas you are a terrist. If you give money to Israel you are a good American. That's so fukked up n shit.

5880's picture

"white people love Homeland"

Gordon Freeman's picture

"opened the Gates of Hell!" LOL! I guess there's no word for hyperbole in Arabic...


The Gooch's picture

How's that Mayan thing go again?

jeff montanye's picture

my understanding is only those with published original posts can post pictures (it is at any rate at the discretion of the durdens).

Gully Foyle's picture

The Gooch

First you find someone willing to sacrifice himself by hjaving his stioll beating heart cut from his chest with a flint knife.

After that everything kind of falls into place.

(Biden 2016, it's like a rainbow)

jeff montanye's picture

robinette will be 74 in '16, perhaps to old for the race (although the cheshire cat teeth are clearly up for it).

Cathartes Aura's picture

voters like their State's-Men grandfatherly, of late. . .

most likely an embed meme of "founding Fathers" kicking in.

mayavision2012's picture

Perhaps they would say that the squid-like "Dark Heart" clutching at this planet for the past 26,000 years is about to come undone in a quite sudden, unexpected manner.  Its going to be a nasty demise but in the end, Truth and Goodwill will prevail. 

SecondComing's picture

Oh, the Mayan thing?  That's when I come to terms with the fact that I am One: that I am the Jew killing the Arab; that I am the Arab killing the Jew; that I am the writer and reader of this line, making comments about My own destruction. 

mick_richfield's picture


How's that Mayan thing go again?

I think it was something like:

   Nya b’a’n tu’n t-xi tca’yin muj ku’n nlayx b’et tak’in.

And you know ... I think they were right!

LawsofPhysics's picture

Long blackrock and haliburton. Unleash the dogs of war.

acrabbe's picture

u dont mean blackwater...?

Big Corked Boots's picture

If he means black rock as in CBS' HQ in NYC, then he's right. War makes good TV.