June was a difficult month for the citizens of Israel, with an escalation of rocket fire, terror attacks, and two IDF (Zahal) soldiers killed in action.

A terror plot originating from the Egypt-Israeli border claimed the life of one Israeli civilian, and injured two more.  In less than five days, 163 rockets were launched from Gaza toward Israeli communities, risking over a million citizens of the south and injuring one person and four soldiers.

In response to the constant fire led by Hamas, the IDF (Zahal) targeted terrorists and weapon stores in Gaza.

Israel Defense Forces: June 2012

Archive: devastation to Israeli vehicle caused by rocket fire from Gaza

June 1: Staff Sgt. Moshiashvili killed in fire exchange with terrorists

Staff Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili (21) of the Golani Brigade was killed at the beginning of the month, after a terrorist infiltrating Israel opened fire at IDF (Zahal) soldiers in the southern Gaza Strip. The soldiers responded with fire, and during the exchange, Staff Sgt. Moshiashvili was mortally wounded. The terrorist was killed, thus preventing a terror attack on Israeli civilians.

Israel Defense Forces: June 2012

The deceased, Staff Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili

Later that month another soldier, Private Dor Jan (19), was killed during an accident with a military vehicle in the Golan Heights.

June 7: The IDF (Zahal) celebrates entering the Old City of Jerusalem

On June 7, 45 years ago – day three of the Six-Day War – the IDF (Zahal) entered the Old City of Jerusalem and opened the city to people of all faiths.

 June 17: Terror attack originating from Egypt kills one Israeli civilian

On the morning of Monday, June 17, terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Egypt detonated a roadside bomb, fired anti-tank rockets and fired live ammunition at two Israeli vehicles. An Israeli civilian was killed in the attack and two others were wounded.

Israel Defense Forces: June 2012

A guard tower at the Israeli-Egyptian border

June 17-23: Escalation in rocket fire from Gaza to Israel

Immediately following the terror attack, the Hamas terror organization started launching hundreds of missiles aimed directly at Israel’s civilian communities. As a result, four soldiers and one civilian were injured.

The Chief of Staff called for an urgent meeting to discuss the escalation. In response to the rocket fire, the IDF (Zahal) targeted several terrorists in the act of firing rockets at Israel, as well as weapon manufacturing sites.

Israel Defense Forces: June 2012

June 26: The 164th Pilot’s Course graduates

Say hello to our newest pilots! Last week, the graduates of the Pilot’s Course finally got their wings after three years of rigorous training.

Israel Defense Forces: June 2012

Throughout the month, the stream of goods and gas entering the Gaza Strip has not stopped. Last week alone,  32,401 tons of goods and gas entered Gaza from Israel — that’s 1,238 truckloads. Read more about the transfer of goods into Gaza.

Israel Defense Forces: June 2012

Gaza Strip crossings statistics, June 17-23