Israel Announces Gaza Invasion Via Twitter, Marks The First Time A Military Campaign Goes Public Via Tweet

The Israeli military issued the world's first announcement of a military campaign via Twitter today with the disclosure of a large-scale, ongoing operation in Gaza. The Twitter announcement was made before a press conference was held.

A major Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip was announced today via Twitter in lieu of a formal press conference. The Israeli Defense Forces' official @IDFSpokesperson Twitter feed confirmed “a widespread campaign on terror sites & operatives in the #Gaza Strip,” called Operation Pillar of Defense, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. Shortly before the tweet, Hamas' military head Ahmed al-Jabari was killed by an Israeli missile strike--Israel's military claims al-Jabari was responsible for numerous terror attacks against civilians. The IDF announcement on Twitter was the first confirmation made to the media of an official military campaign.

The Israeli military incursion follows months of rising tension in Gaza and southern Israel. More than 100 rockets have been fired at Israeli civilian targets since the beginning of November 2012, and Israeli troops have targeted Hamas and Islamic Jihad forces inside Gaza in attacks that reportedly included civilian casualties. According to the IDF spokespersons' office, the Israeli military is “ready to initiate a ground operation in Gaza” if necessary. Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, operates the @alqassambrigade Twitter feed, which confirmed al-Jabari's death.

Add New Comment

8 Comments

  • LGM

    Stop being silly. "First time?"
    The Kenya Defence Force hit that a long time ago.
    Research stuff before you start shouting "FIRST TIME!".

  • Umair Tamim

    "More than 100 rockets have been fired at Israeli civilian targets since the beginning of November 2012, and Israeli troops have targeted Hamas and Islamic Jihad forces inside Gaza in attacks that reportedly included civilian casualties."

    So Hamas targets civilians and Israelis target militant forces? Hamas fired more than 100 rockets and Israel has merely "targeted" militant forces that "reportedly" included civilian casualties? It's astounding how the writer can fit in so many lies in one sentence.  

  • guest

     I love it when people people buy into the Hamas sham - where they hide like coawrds among civilians, and then claim Israel is targeting civilians when innocent people get hurt because Israel shoots back.  Hamas is deliberately shooting their mortars towards non-military targets.  Israel is deliberately shooting towards military targets - but Hamas deliberately puts their military strikes in the middle of civilian areas.