Israeli forces on Wednesday announced that they had killed a top military leader of Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip. The assassination of Ahmed al-Jabari, who was killed by a missile strike, was part of Israel's largest assault on Gaza since the occupied territory was invaded by Israeli forces four years ago. Israel says the operation, dubbed "Pillar of Defense," is in response to recent rocket fire from Gaza. In what could signal a significant change in how governments sell their military operations to the public, the Israeli military has coupled its barrage with live updates on Twitter, including a black-and-white video showing a missile smashing into Jabari's car.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Watch out, China — America is working on dogfighting drones
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How liberals are unwittingly paving the way for the legalization of adult incest
- Why the Chinese military is only a paper dragon
- How the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover revealed the worst of both shows
- The troubling persistence of eugenicist thought in modern America
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Libertarianism's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
- Why America won't have enough money to battle ISIS
Subscribe to the Week