Beyond the Cusp

August 10, 2018

Rockets Red Glare with Bombs Bursting in Air

 

As to Americans that sounds distinctly familiar as part of their National Anthem, it is unfortunately the situation for all too many Israelis residing in the southern region. There is this dichotomy with the government where as long as Hamas and Islamic Jihad and their friends attack and destroy anything south of Ashkelon, and even a rocket every now and again into Ashkelon or Ashdod, the reaction will be measured and limited such that it does not threaten to harm a single Gazan. This is done by striking weapons storage, rocket storage, mortar storage, launching sites and manufactures well after midnight and long before dawn, like between one in the morning and three thirty in the morning; then the Israeli government is seen as responding but the world is aware that the response is of a minimal and acceptable nature. The government aims to satisfy those under barrage that they care and are doing something to attempt to mitigate the situation while giving the message to the Europeans that all care has been taken to prevent any Arab even suffering a hangnail due to their actions. Such was the response to approximately one-hundred-eighty rockets launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel. The Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted at least thirty of the rockets launched with the majority of the rest of the rockets hitting open areas. Allow us to remind you that the success of the Iron Dome is partially due to their launching between two and three interceptors to assure they strike the targeted rocket. This is required as the interceptor can, on occasion, strike another rocket close to the one intended requiring a second interceptor. At fifty-thousand dollars per interceptor, that becomes one large cost to prevent a twenty to fifty dollar rocket from striking within any neighborhood, but Israel will continue to allocate funding as the people are irreplaceable. In Israel, we place a very high priority on the lives of any individual and, as has been proven, Israel places a higher priority on the lives of the citizens of Gaza than does their Hamas rulers. This has been proven by their use of children as human shields. Unfortunately, this past evening at least two Israelis were injured as a result of rockets that landed in Sderot. The injuries, according to Magen David Adom, were a 34-year-old man with wounds from glass shards and a 20-year-old with light injuries both of whom were evacuated to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. Over a dozen other people were treated for shock, including three pregnant women who began having labor contractions from the stress.

 

Even the Iron Dome only intercepts close to 90% of the projectiles targeted. The problem in Sderot is the launch to strike time is often too brief for the interceptor to plot an intercept course allowing for it to launch. In Sderot, the people have approximately ten seconds from the launching of a rocket and making their way to cover before it strikes. This is an unimaginable situation for anybody who has not actually experienced such terror. The citizens in Sderot live with this Sword of Damocles over their heads three-hundred-sixty-five days a year, imagine such for your own family and tell Israel how she should respond to these attacks. This is what people in a city of around twenty-five-thousand and the numerous kibbutzim who also live perilously close to the Gaza border and are facing a similar threat. But Hamas and Islamic Jihad are smart enough to know that as long as they do not strike any of the larger populations centers, especially Tel Aviv metropolitan area and the Jerusalem greater area, that the response will be minimal and they need not worry about any serious Israeli reprisals. After all, the southern Israel region hardly even counts when demographic mapping of population density of Israel is mapped. As becomes obvious from the map below is that the vast majority of the voting public, as well as the general public, reside along the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem corridor and along the central coast centered on Tel Aviv. Around Gaza there are far fewer Israelis and the majority of these are not particularly wealthy, and as in every society on this imperfect planet, money talks and everyone else pays the price of their talking. Still, to the credit of the Israeli government, they do place a number of the Iron Dome systems in the south to protect the citizens and they have deployed a fair number of IDF forces along the Gaza border for the people’s protection.

 

Map of Israeli Population Density

Rough Map of Israeli Population Density

 

This brings us to the next series of considerations. Hamas or Islamic Jihad, it really does not matter which, will sooner or later decide to measurably increase the level of their rocket fire and might even use a few of their guided missiles, a large investment as these are few in number, thank Hashem. Still, they have what they call their M-75 Ballistic Missile Named the Jerusalem Rocket (also called the M302 from China originally but copied by Iran), the rocket so famous that they erected a statue to commemorate their great achievement (see below). This is the ballistic missile with which they can strike the near suburbs of Jerusalem and southwestern Jerusalem if they have a favorable wind. What makes this missile so vital is it easily reaches Tel Aviv and has a reported range of one-hundred-fifty kilometers carrying a one-hundred-fifty kilogram warhead. This rocket is capable of bringing down an entire building such as the Azrieli Center Towers, Kirya Tower or the Electra Tower among others causing massive numbers of casualties. The buildings are replaceable, the people are irreplaceable, and that is definitive Israeli logic. It is also why Iron Dome units are placed wherever they are required and we launch as many interceptors as it takes to safeguard every life.

 

Monument for the M-75 Ballistic Missile Named the Jerusalem Rocket

Monument for the M-75 Ballistic Missile Named the Jerusalem Rocket

 

Hamas declared earlier this spring that they were armed and prepared to challenge Israel again this summer. They pick their timing for when they believe that the Israeli government is weakest and most consumed with preparations for elections. There are no elections planned for this year as the next scheduled elections are in 2019, but Hamas is as aware as anybody that rarely has an Israeli government managed to serve their entire term without the need for early elections. Often such is done because the ruling party believes that their best shot at holding power is imminently now, so they dissolve the Knesset and call for elections. This has often backfired, and thus is always a risk. Other times a contentious issue arises where the ruling coalition is in conflict and the minority opposition parties believe they see an opening to take power, so they press that the issue dividing the coalition be used for a vote of confidence knowing it will fail. This has often led to consolidating the former coalition voters and thus simply strengthening the previous ruling parties and making the Prime Minister and his coalition even more secure. Elections, especially parliamentary elections, can often have very peculiar results which nobody could have foretold, which is why it is always risky for whoever brings on early elections. Hamas knows that such is a good time to strike Israel as when the government is feeling threatened, they also often are less likely to take any chances on a military offensive. For Hamas, Islamic Jihad and friends, this means they could possibly inflict severe destruction even on central Tel Aviv without suffering an IDF assault into Gaza to end their rocket and missile fire. As to whether Hamas and Islamic Jihad have the ability to strike deeply into Israel, below is an inventory of just some of the rockets and missiles available to them and their abilities. Where these attacks upon the south of Israel have utilized the smaller rockets, having one smash through your roof and blow apart your kitchen while you are in the living room is enough to send one into shock, and if unfortunately it strikes the room one is occupying, then there are deaths and severely wounded and all Israel mourns.

 

Hamas Rockets and Missiles Nomenclature, Ranges and Payloads

 

The other problem faced in Israel is the media never bothers to cover these rocket attacks upon Israel and we have seen times when the numbers of rockets increased to the point where there were hundreds launched daily for weeks without a word in the Western media. Finally, Hamas and Islamic Jihad started launching larger rockets deeper into Israel but as the media still viewed this as old news and not worthy of coverage, the world remained blissfully ignorant to what was happening in Israel. Even when rockets and missiles were launched their full range striking Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and even as far north as Haifa, the media remained relatively silent or reported that a couple of rockets were launched on Jerusalem and Tel Aviv ignoring the other three to five hundred rockets launched on the rest of Israel. When finally, Israel responds with the IDF moving into Gaza with tanks and infantry the media breaks their silence making it sound like the Israelis woke up this morning and decided, hey, why don’t we go invade Gaza and make their lives miserable for no reason whatsoever. The media reaction is one of complete and total shock claiming to have no idea why Israel would go and invade Gaza. After two or three weeks of four hundred rockets each day with an increasing percentage launched on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and other heavily populated areas, the real question the media should have been asking for a good two weeks or more is why hasn’t Israel leveled Gaza to the ground. This has been the exact coverage Israel received the last three times when she responded to overt attacks coming from Gaza and yet the world and the media continue even now ignoring the constant attacks from Gaza using not merely rockets but these other attacks with incendiary devices attached to kites, balloons and even to birds such as the falcon found dead with such a device attached to its leg. How does one explain such cruelty and yet this was all but unreported outside of Israel. Should any Israeli resort to such brutality, you can bet it would make the news for weeks on end questioning the morality of the Israelis.

 

The above is simply another measure of the separate and unequal measure used by the media between their coverage of Israel and the coverage of her neighbors. Israel is expected to have such a high standard of actions and morality that anything short of perfection is considered a crime against humanity. While on the other hand, the criminal acts which do qualify as crimes against humanity and cruelty to animals by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezballah, the Palestinian Authority, and the various other Arab forces which have attacked Israel over the years are simply ignored as the media gives them a pass as such is expected from these quarters. Thus, when Hamas, Islamic Jihad or others in Gaza tie incendiary devices to birds and send them into Israel, if the media would report it they would claim that Israel failed to rescue the poor falcon which was caught in a tree. There would be no mention of why or how it was caught in the tree or that an incendiary device attached to the bird caused its death, just simply Israelis were unable to save a poor bird which was simply caught in a tree. When the Palestinian Authority pays terrorists proportionally to the number of Israelis they murder, hardly a peep from the world until President Trump held back aid to the Palestinian Authority over these payments, and he was criticized as causing hardship on the poor Palestinians living under Mahmoud Abbas who continues to demand that the United States continue their payments so that he can continue to pay these terrorists and their families for their having murdered Israelis, and they get additional if the Israelis happen to be Jews. But when an Israeli stops a terrorist who is attempting to stab people at a bus stop in Jerusalem by shooting him, the media demands that the Israeli face charges of manslaughter of murder because he shot a terrorist who was only using a knife as if the Israeli is only permitted equal or lesser armaments when stopping terrorism in action. Often such articles begin as such, ‘Israeli man shoots Palestinian dead in Jerusalem this morning. During an altercation at a bus stop, an Israeli brandished his weapon and shot a Palestinian who was amongst a number of people at the bus stop. The Palestinian was pronounced dead at the scene and the Israeli man was not even taken by police for questioning. Some of those waiting for the bus have reported the man was attempting to stab those at the bus stop but it is uncertain as nobody was injured other than the shooting victim.’ For those who believe we are exaggerating, below find an actual headline after a terror attack where two Israelis were injured by the Palestinian assailants who were prevented from causing further harm by an Israeli at the scene who was armed. One would be led to believe that the Palestinians were the victims of a stabbing attack, not that they were the perpetrators of the stabbing attack which was brought to an end by an armed Israeli.

 

Slanted and Biased News Headline Ignoring the Jewish Israeli Victims Appearing to Claim the Palestinians Were Killed Randomly and Not Because of Their Stabbing Terror Attack on Israelis Near the Jaffa Gate And the Revised Presumably More Realistic Title

 

This kind of coverage is largely responsible for the numbers of people who view Israel as the aggressor and the Palestinians as the victims. The media paints that picture no matter how much it must twist and contort their reporting to make Israel into the horrific perpetrator of the violence and not the victims of violence. We have seen reporting which stated that Israel fired five missiles towards Gaza while not bothering to mention that all those missiles fired by Israel were from Iron Dome, which is an anti-missile battery and cannot be utilized as an offensive weapon and only as an interceptor. These articles will finally mention that the missiles fired by Israel were in response to a dozen rockets fired out of Gaza. Still this gives the impression that the missiles Israel launched were offensive in nature and not fired to intercept the rockets from Gaza plus the wording is often so vague that one gets the feeling that Israel fired missiles into Gaza and then Hamas fired rockets in return when the reality is Hamas fired rockets, Israel intercepted a number of these rockets, and nothing was fired into Gaza. Reports have started off with Israeli IDF fighter jets struck over a hundred separate targets in Gaza. Again, it is not until the third from last paragraph that they mention Israel was responding to attacks earlier from Hamas and Islamic Jihad within Gaza. Often they do not report who was responsible for the rockets from Gaza, they simply magically were launched by a few Gazans out for a lark and not meaning any harm, but Israeli jets struck selected targets, thus Gaza did little if any damage and those Israelis punished them by striking accurately. They never mention that Israel strikes these targets more often than not in the early morning hours to minimize any chance of casualties. Hamas targets as best they can civilians. Below is a picture of a school bus which it was reported to have stopped an attack. This was a Palestinian who used a large construction vehicle on a Jerusalem street striking cars and other vehicles and which finally was stopped but only after he struck this fortunately empty school bus. The caption was as we copied at the time that this was the school bus which stopped the attack. The title should have read attack finally ended after striking vehicles upon striking this school bus, but that might have been too accurate.

 

School Bus which Stopped Attack

School Bus which Stopped Attack

 

We could continue with more and more evidence but the fact that at least seventy rockets were fired out of Gaza on Wednesday of this week and until your reading this, unless you read Israeli new sites, you likely thought that all was quiet on the Israel-Gaza front because a week ago it was announced that Egypt had arranged peace between Hamas and Israel. Well, they did and they did not. What happened was the political wing of Hamas made peace with Israel which was easy as they are not firing rockets or sending incendiary balloons and kites into Israel or as we reported a couple of days ago firing on IDF positions. Hamas military wing refused to accept the ceasefire and has continued their attacks. So Israel is at peace with the Hamas political wing while the Hamas military wing continues their attacks upon Israel to which Israel has finally responded. We expect to have some hear that Israel strikes Hamas against ceasefire agreement with Hamas from somewhere in the world simply because they have no desire to actually dig for the facts, they just find something with which to attack Israel, this will bring them accolades from their editors and a possible promotion so they run with whatever makes Israel into the monster. That is the realism which makes up the world’s news. The editors will refuse reality if it does not fit their political proclivities thus reporters find only the news their editors desire and the people suffer by not being told the truth about many of the situations the world over. Yesterday’s story is likely about an ongoing war where followers of Islam, the presumed religion of peace, have been waging a genocidal war of extinctions against the Christians and Animists across the African Transition Zone with the most recent atrocity in Nigeria. The story is worth reading if for no other reason than to be informed and the links provided. The same war is being waged by Turkey against the Kurds in northern Syria and by Iran and Iraq together against the Kurds in northern Iraq. These are the very same Kurds who were ready to declare themselves independent and form a nation state but were advised by the United States State Department that their doing so would be inconvenient for the United States. The Kurds complied and are now being exterminated for their failure to declare themselves a nation. In southern Syria around Damascus and the southern mountains the Druze are being selectively slaughtered by Iranian IRGC forces who are supporting Bashir al-Assad in Syria to hold on to power which he will maintain over an ever shrinking number of people. Have you heard about those stories, probably not as it paints what would be considered an Islamophobic picture. What a shame that the truth must be filtered to protect the very people who are the aggressors in most of these conflicts.

 

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