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Shootout in Gaza

Shootout in Gaza

Media reports of an IDF mission in Gaza don't seem to match the experience of a soldier who was there.

by Moshe, IDF Soldier

I am Moshe, a 19-year-old soldier in the IDF. I would rather not give you my last name as I serve in a special IDF unit that is sometimes called on to find terrorists.

I just got home for Sabbath and I am checking my e-mail and surfing the news on the Internet. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, my unit received orders to enter Khan Yunis, in the Gaza Strip area. Khan Yunis sounds like Cannes but does not show new movies in a festival. For weeks and months, the Palestinians have been sending mortars, RPG, and other incendiary devices into Jewish areas in the Gush Katif and Gaza areas from Khan Yunis.

Mortars, RPG, anti-tank missiles, and firebombs were not part of the gift package from Israel to the PLO in Oslo.

The Palestinians, according to my studies of Oslo, are not supposed to have these types of weapons. When I was in junior high school, my late Prime Minister Rabin gave guns to the PLO to police their newly received territories. Mortars, RPG, anti-tank missiles, and firebombs were not part of the gift package from Israel to the PLO in Oslo.

I noticed on the Internet today that you are all reporting in yesterday's news that "Israeli soldiers entered Palestinian cities and killed Palestinians, knocked down buildings, and destroyed some schools." In addition, I am reading in the Yahoo! and Reuters news that these soldiers destroyed vineyards and other areas of "commerce" in Gaza.

TO STOP THE MORTARS

When I grew up in Tel Aviv, my parents who immigrated from London, always taught me not to lie or make up stories. Once I played hookey from school and I told my father that I was at a friend's house. In reality, I was at a movie theater with a friend watching all the movies in each theater. Boy, did I get into trouble -- not for playing hookey, but for lying.

Let me share with you what really happened on Wednesday, Nov. 14 when we entered Khan Yunis. It is so far from your reports that you must be receiving weekly envelopes from the terrorist media liaisons.

At 1 a.m., the lead tanks began to enter the perimeter of Khan Yunis. The IAF gave us air cover with their helicopters, while we infantry in our special forces (you know, special forces like in Kabul), started to split up in groups of four IDF soldiers per section.

The Palestinians, who had been firing mortars on the Jewish civilians who live nearby, were still reloading their mortars when we surprised them. We shouted in Arabic to stop and of course they did not stop the mortar loading process. We fired and killed the two loaders and injured the other three Palestinian terrorists.

We continued to approach this large building in an open area. Our intelligence had told us a few hours earlier that this building contained a storage of mortars, RPG, and anti-tank missiles. My commander, Duvduv, ordered us to surround the building, while the helicopters above began firing their missiles to keep away the Palestinian defenders.

I was the first to open the door of this building in Khan Yunis. At 2 a.m. we stormed the building and arrested about 14 Palestinian terrorists who did not even fire one shot in their surrender.

We confiscated boxes and boxes of nails, the type used in the suicide bombers' packages.

We radioed in for our empty IDF trucks to enter Khan Yunis and remove the contents of the building. We counted 133 mortars, 60 RPG, and 43 anti-tank missiles. In addition, we confiscated boxes and boxes of nails, the type used in the suicide bombers' packages.

You know, like the nails that exploded in the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem and blew up my best friend's younger sister -- by what you guys called a Palestinian "militant."

We continued sweeping and searching Khan Yunis. At 3:15 a.m., we encountered gunfire from the local school building's upper floor. We knew that the school children were not in school at 3:15 a.m., so it had to be more bad guys.

My unit began firing back and killed another two "school teachers" (as Yahoo! reported). If these terrorists were teachers, they surely had no certification.

The "incursion" (as BBC labeled it), was complete by 8 a.m. We had knocked down a storage facility with arms, we had captured some terrorists, we had killed some, and we have all this newly acquired ammunition which Mr. Rabin did not give to the PLO in 1994. We had worked a full 8-hour day.

DISTORTIONISTS PAR EXCELLECE

You guys send your reporters to film and make up stories like fairy tales. The vineyards that we destroyed were venues for Palestinian sharpshooters trained to shoot Jews. The vineyards don't exist anymore in Khan Yunis because of our terrible action that night.

The more I try to explain to you what really happened that night, the more you will appear to be pathological liars and media distortionists par excellence, so what the heck... I tried.

I have to get some rest and do laundry before the Sabbath. I have to be back at my base near Gaza on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. when I am sure that we in the IDF will have to find more mortar firing sources, destroy more vineyards, schools, and discover more non-Rabin-supplied ammo.

Keep up the biased and anti-Israel media. I know that is your livelihood. It may be your livelihood, but Israel is my life and Israel and I will be here long after cable disappears.

Published: November 17, 2001


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Visitor Comments: 19

(19) Anonymous, December 7, 2001 12:00 AM

Thank you for sharing the truth with us!

I am always trying to tell my family and friends about the bias in Cnn. I hate watching it. Can Moshe's article be send beyond Aish? Other publications need to get hold of it. The truth of what happened needs to be known outside the Aish wall! Keep writing the truth Moshe and we will help you spread it! May the miracle of Chanukkah continue to take place on each one of your lives in Israel. My prayers are with you daily.

(18) Anonymous, November 30, 2001 12:00 AM

Keep writing Moshe. You are doing so much good just letting us in the rest of the world know what's really going on. My prayers are with you and all of Israel.

(17) Anonymous, November 25, 2001 12:00 AM

send to other news sources

Thank you for sharing Moshe's first person account. Has this been forwarded on to MSNBC FOX and CNN and the like? Those news sources need to be given such stories since they don't seem to "find" like stories for themselves.

(16) Manny Fernandez, November 25, 2001 12:00 AM

grateful for the report.

I am grateful for the eyewitness report. I am hoping for wide difusion of the report so that others may know the facts of what is happening.For a true peace.

Manny

(15) Media Eye UK, November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

The truth

Excellent material - why did the IDF's spokesman not issue a statement regarding this incident - or better still Zipi Livni's PR Bureau ??

What is the matter with the Israeli government Hasbarsa ???

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