On December 27, 2008, the Israel Defense Forces launched an assault on the besieged Gaza Strip. For the next 22 days, Gaza’s over one million residents bore witness to an unprecedented Israeli war on a Palestinian territory. By the conflict’s end, the Palestinian death toll numbered over 1,400; mainly civilians, including over 300 children. 13 Israelis were reported dead, four from friendly fire.
Operation Cast Lead’s deadliest consequence was arguable the precedent it did set: the Israeli policy of “mowing the lawn” in Gaza. Cast Lead was followed by 2012’s Pillar of Defense and the even more deadly 2014 Protective Edge.
In recognition of the 7th year since Operation Cast Lead, we invite readers to access our resources on the war.