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EMET Briefing on Israel’s Operation Protective Edge with Reuven Azar

July 16, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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After being pummeled with rockets from Gaza, on July 7th Israel announced that it had embarked upon a military campaign entitled “Operation Protective Edge” to stop Hamas terrorist attacks from Gaza. Since the beginning of the Operation, more than 1,155 rockets have been fired at Israel, including major Israel cities such as Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beer Sheva, Hadera, and Eilat. Approximately 200 rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, and the Israeli Defense Forces have targeted more than 1,576 terrorist locations.

On Monday, Israel conducted a special operation in Nablus, uncovering hundreds of weapons and arresting dozens of terrorists. While rockets are raining on Israel from Gaza, terrorists in the Judea and Samaria regularly attempt to attack Israeli civilians.

On Tuesday morning, the Israeli security cabinet agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement with Hamas. Hamas rejected the proposal, calling it “a surrender,” and about an hour after Israel accepted the truce, a barrage of rocket fire continued to hit Israel. The Israel Defense Forces suspended strikes in Gaza for six hours; during that time, Hamas fired 47 rockets, causing Israel to resume its Operation. “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets, in multiple numbers, in the face of a goodwill effort (to secure) a ceasefire,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

This year, missiles fired from terrorists in Gaza has endangered more than 3.5 million people – approximately 40% of Israel’s population. More than 40,000 reservists have been called up to the Gaza border last week as part of the Operation, as Israelis live under the constant threat of rocket fire.
Join us to hear important updates on Israel’s Operation, what is really happening in Gaza that the mainstream media is not telling you, the severity of the terrorist threat, and possible scenarios for the future from Reuvan Azar, Deputy Head of Mission at the Israeli Embassy.

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Reuven Azar assumed his position as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC in January 2014. He previously served as Head of Middle East Research in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). From 2010 to 2012, Reuven was the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Amman.
Since the completion of the MFA cadet training program in 1994, he held mostly Middle East related positions, such as Head of the Iran Sanctions Team and Director of Middle East Economic Research. During his carrier Reuven covered different aspects of cooperation and negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, as well as research on Palestinian issues. He served four years in Cairo as Head of Economic & Trade Department at the Embassy of Israel. In a previous round in Washington, DC (2003-2006) he served as Counselor for Political Affairs.
Reuven was born in Argentina in 1967 and made Aliyah (immigrated) with his family to Jerusalem, Israel at the age of 13. He served in a Paratroopers battalion of the Israeli Defense Forces from 1985 to 1988 and was a reservist combat Sergeant up to 2008. Reuven has both an MA and BA from the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is married to Rachel and a father to Roni, Ofir and Oren. Reuven speaks fluent Spanish and Arabic, in addition to English and Hebrew.
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July 16, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Unnamed Venue
DC United States


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