Wow! Times they are a-changin’!
At 9:29 Eastern this morning, the Israeli Defense Force announced via Twitter that it would be attacking targets in Hamas today, as part of an ongoing mission “to protect Israeli civilians and to cripple the terrorist infrastructure in the#Gaza Strip.” Here is that first tweet announcing the operation:
IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012
The IDF tweet wasn’t just an idle threat either. Within minutes, the IDF spokesperson tweeted that forces had actually already carried out an attack on a target, the “head of the #Hamas military wing,” Ahmed al-Jabari. IDF is live-blogging the attacks, too.
If that level of transparency isn’t astounding enough, the IDF even tweeted a video of the attack less than three hours later, along with the hashtag #PillarOfDefense. Pillar of Defense is the name of the IDF operation, reports Reuters.