Gaza Facts - The Israeli Perspective
This section discusses various issues relating to the Israeli
military operation undertaken by the Israel Defense Force (IDF), better known as
"Operation Cast Lead" or "The Gaza Operation" in December 2008 - January
It provides factual information addressing the legal and political context of the
conflict in Gaza, the issue of Gaza war crimes, the issue of human rights and
the investigations into the Israeli military conduct during combat.
On December 27, 2008,
after enduring an 8-year-long barrage of 12,000 rockets and having exhausted all
other options, Israel launched a military operation against Hamas in Gaza.
'Operation Cast Lead' was limited to two objectives:
1. To stop the
bombardment of Israeli civilians by destroying Hamas' mortar and rocket
launching apparatus and infrastructure.
2. To reduce the ability of Hamas
and other terrorist organizations in Gaza to perpetrate future attacks against
the civilian population in Israel.