Our hearts are so heavy right now. At least 300 Israelis are dead, according to officials, and 1500 are wounded, after a surprise Hamas attack early Saturday. As Israel was celebrating Shabbat and Simchat Torah, the group launched hundreds of rockets at the Jewish state and its militants infiltrated towns at the border.
“We are at war,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday, and warned that a “prolonged and powerful campaign” is ahead. Families are describing the scene as “utter chaos.” You can read reporting and breaking news on our partner site JTA, who are working around the clock to report the latest information about this conflict.
Our thoughts go out to all our Israeli readers and those with family in the country during this terrifying and unprecedented time.
May the memories of the victims be for a blessing, may their families find comfort, and may we see peaceful times again soon.