Israel using Air Strikes, Tweets and YouTube in the Battle Against Hamas

In response to yet another barrage of Hamas rocket attacks, Israel strikes back with targeted air strikes, but also with social media including tweets and YouTube videos!

“Since the start of the operation yesterday, IDF forces have struck 105 terror targets in the #Gaza Strip”, the Official IDF spokesperson (@IDFSpokesperson) twitter feed stated just a few minutes ago.

The IDF tweeted that over 50 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel since yesterday, making the total rockets launched against Israel in 2012 more than 800!

Attacks against Israel by the terrorist group Hamas is not a new thing. And according to the IDF over one million Israelis are under threat of the attacks. The following map shows the different rockets that terrorists are using against Israel and the population that is within reach of the weapons:

But Israel is not defenseless against these threats. As IDF airstrikes and Naval assaults take out launch sites, their “Iron Dome” missile shield takes out incoming rockets that are aimed at populated areas. The Iron Dome is a system somewhat like the American Patriot missile batteries, but it can track and intercept smaller incoming projectiles like rockets and artillery rounds.

According to the IDF, “People in southern Israel have 15 seconds to run to shelter every time a rocket alarm sounds“, and “Tonight, more than 1 million Israelis are going to sleep in bomb shelters” but it sounds like Israel’s missile shield is performing very well as of tonight, “the Iron Dome system successfully intercepted 28 rockets fired from Gaza at major Israeli population centers.”

Israel is not just using Twitter to keep the world up to date on the defensive operation, they are also using YouTube. The following warning to Hamas was sent out about 10 hours ago:

And then an hour later a Twitter notification that Israel had eliminated Ahmed Jabari, the alleged head of Hamas Military Wing with this poster attached:

And finally a Tweet claiming a pinpoint strike on Ahmed Jabari, including a link to a YouTube video:

Of course Hamas is threatening retaliation. And I am sure Islamic cyber groups and hacktivists will get involved because of Israel’s choice to use social media. We shall see what comes of this in the days to come.

As for now, my heart goes out to all those who are suffering tonight. And as the Bible says, please pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

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China’s Floating Casino dons Advanced Radar and Defensive Weapons

China’s new Aircraft Carrier, the “Varyag”, was caught in this US Satellite photo while performing sea trials in the Yellow Sea.

According to U.S. Naval War College professor Andrew Erickson, the Aircraft Carrier carries advanced radar and defensive weapons:

“… it already possesses a Dragon Eye phased-array radar, a new point-defense missile system, and a new close-in weapon system. The Dragon Eye can reportedly track up to a hundred targets while engaging fifty simultaneously, detect targets out to sixty-five nautical miles (120 kilometers), and track targets out to 48.6 nautical miles (ninety kilometers).”

The Varyag, originally an unfinished Soviet Union warship was purchased by a Chinese company from the Ukraine, and is China’s first aircraft carrier.

And herein lies the problem, it is not supposed to be an aircraft carrier, but a floating casino!

To get permission to buy the ship from the Ukraine, China had to agree not to use it for their military:

“Not surprisingly, the Ukrainians demanded – and the Chinese acceded to – a clause in the contract stating that the ship wouldn’t be used for military purposes.”

China originally agreed that it would be converted to a civilian floating casino. But after they began refurbishing it, the story changed. It would only be used for training purposes they claimed. Now, it is equipped with their latest radar and weapon systems.

Most likely it will be used as a template for China’s future Aircraft Carriers. And you can rest assured that they will not be sporting roulette tables either.