The IDF spokesman reports preparations to mobilize additional brigades for ground operations in the Gaza Strip to finally put a stop to Palestinian missile attacks. All schools within rocket range of the Gaza Strip will remain closed Thursday. Wednesday, Israel launched air strikes of the ongoing Pillar of Cloud counter-terror offensive, which killed Hamas’ military commander Ahmed Jabari. Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz is running the military operation from the Air Force underground war-room.