Israelis under rocket attack
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Analysis: Gaza presses Israel

Terror groups boost rate of rocket fire in order to press Israel to agree to ceasefire terms

The Islamic Jihad, which is the terrorist organization firing most of the rockets from the Gaza Strip at this time, is trying to statistically increase the chances of causing heavy damages and casualties in Israel.


Jihad’s goal is to mount public pressure on the Israeli government and the IDF to agree to the terrorist group’s conditions for a ceasefire. These conditions include an end to all Air Force strike in Gaza and an Israeli commitment to refrain from targeted killings in the future.


In order to improve their chances of causing heavy damages and loss of life on the Israeli side, the Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) have increased the pace of rocket fire, while exploiting the hazy weather conditions to hide from IAF airstrikes and the surveillance of Israeli intelligence forces.


This is why the Islamic Jihad – and perhaps even Hamas – are launching more and more long-range rockets at areas closer to central Israel that are not protected by the Iron Dome missile defense system.


Don’t count on Iron Dome 

The Iron Dome’s surprisingly high rate of interceptions still does not provide 100% protection for residents in large cities and civilians living in areas out of the system’s range.


A 99% interception rate is extremely high, but could possibly create false expectations among residents, who as a result are in no rush to follow the instructions issued by the Home Front Command; that would be a mistake.


Even the highly efficient Iron Dome system does not guarantee full-proof protection, which is something each and every one of us must remember. That is why it is crucial to follow the instructions of the Home Front Command when the Color Red alert is activated. That is the only way for us to save lives and minimize the number of casualties.


פרסום ראשון: 03.12.12, 17:37
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