Since the end of Operation Cast Lead almost one year ago, there has been a 90% decline in rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza. According to IDF data, since the last of the Israeli soldiers left the Strip, 242 rockets, mortar shells, and Grad missiles have been fired at Israel. Only a marginal part of these exploded in populated areas.
According to estimates, Hamas will continue to maintain quiet on the front at this point. But the IDF is also preparing for other scenarios, out of the understanding that the security situation could quickly deteriorate.
"While Hamas may not be firing rockets at this time, it is is intensively working to gather strength, mainly by smuggling weapons through the Philadelphi route.
Since the end of the operation, 91 attempted attacks on IDF forces on the Gaza border have been recorded. Most of the incidents were of small arms shootings.
The IDF, which also deals with defensive activity, has been required to respond to the rocket attacks. IDF numbers show that since the end of the operation, 143 targets have been hit in Gaza, including Hamas facilities, tunnels and terrorists.
Alongside the defensive activity, the IDF is also preparing for the possibility of an escalation in the Strip, and a situation in which a similar operation may be required in the future.
The alignment, by Gaza Division Chief Brigadier-General Eyal Eisenberg and GOC Southern Command Major-General Yoav Galant, is similar to the military's alignment in Cast Lead, in the preparation of the forces and the studying of the enemy.
The Home Front Command continues to prepare what it calls the "second front" in the event of an escalation.
In recent months schools and kindergartens in Sderot have been fortified, and the construction of some 1,500 bomb shelters in Gaza-vicinity communities has been completed.