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Summary of Rockets Fired Into Israel, July 2012

August 2, 2012

Last July (of 2011) was the first time I posted a monthly track of how many rockets are fired into Israel (actually, the number represents the number of rockets that landed in Israel. More have been fired).

Since then – meaning Since August 1st 2011 to July 31st 2012 – 778 rockets and mortars shells have landed in Israel. 778 in the span of one year. 778 and in 365 days (give or take a day because a leap year).

July was a “calm” month – “only” 14 rockets and mortar shells landed in Israel.

Rockets and mortar shells fired / landed in Israel, July 2012

In addition, on July 9th two rockets were fired and landed inside the Gaza Strip area. The Third rocket fired landed in an agriculatural field in Israel.

Also on July 9th, a sniper shot at a stop station on the road near the border. The stop station has a restaurant. Cars parked outside were damaged severely and it seems if anyone were outside at the time, he would have been hit for sure.

Also, in the past week the Egyptian-Israeli border hasn’t been very quiet. Shots have been fired from inside the Sinai Peninsula several times – once directly at an Israeli patrol on the border. Another time, an Israeli army bus was hit in a crossfire between Egyptian soldiers and Beduin Egyptian smugglers trying to smuggle drugs and Efrican refugees into Israel. No one was harmed on the Israeli side in those accidents.

On July 28th, a woman was injured while running to find shelter when a “Red Color” alarm was heard, warning of a rocket that was fired. Due to the proximity and short-range of the rockets, the “Color Red” alarm gives only a 15 seconds warning at most to find cover for a rocket that’s been fired!

And also in July – The terror attack in Burgas.

A few days ago, India’s police officially accused Iran for the bombing in New-Delhi last March against an Israeli convoy.

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Summary of Rockets Fired Into Israel, June 2012

July 5, 2012

June has been a very bad month!

On June 1st, a terrorist from the Gaza Strip, Ahmed Nassir, inflitrated Israel and opened fire on soldiers, killing 21 years old Staff-Sergent Netanel Moshiashvili. Terrorist was later killed.

Two weeks later, a sniper of the Islamic Jihad began shooting from Gaza into Israel, towards Israeli farmers. One farmer was wounded, in one of the shootings.

That weekend, rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula at Israel.

Two days later, on June 18th, terrorists inflitrated the Israeli-Egyptian border and ambushed construction workers on the border (building a security fence). A contractor, 35 years old Said Fashapshe, was killed.

Along with Israeli airstrikes that killed the sniper from the previous week, this led to a round of escalation.

When i reported earlier that the escalation seems to be dying out, I was proven wrong. Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip forced the people of Gaza (as well as the people of Israel) to live in war and amplified danger for a few more days. Hamas, as usual, did not manage to enforce any kind of truce or governance on these terror groups.

In fact, even after a cease-fire has been declared, almost a dozen more rockets were fired. 4 were intercepted by the Iron Dome security system, before they hit residentail communities.

Overall, In June of 2012, 218 rockets and mortar shells were fired into Israel (216 from the Gaza Strip) !!!!!!

Rockets and Mortar shells fired into Israel in June 2012

Notice the peak of escalation. The other areas of the graph, where citizens of Israel are being shot at, is what the world calls “calm”.

(Note: Last month I reported of 3 mortar shells being fired upon on June 1st. I was relying on current news which soon [but after I’ve posted] changed to acknowledge only one landed inside Israel, as you can see in the graph above. My apologies).

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Summary of rockets fired into Israel, May 2012

June 1, 2012

A new month, a new summary. Still, the number is not zero!

Just like last month, after a period of escalation, the numbers of rockets have subsided (March’s escalation was especially harsh on the terror organizations who lost many men that were mostly unable to hide behind citizens as human sheilds).

Overall, 5 rockets and mortar shells landed in Israel in May 2012.

Rockets landed in Israel, May 2012

Rockets landed in Israel, May 2012

As i’m posting this, 3 mortar shells have been fired today as of now, alone. June is off to a bad start.

Earlier today, a terrorist of the Islamic Jihad (who officialy took responsibility) fired from the Gaza Strip onto Israel. He hit an Israeli squad, and killed an Israeli soldier. He was later killed. Israel retaliated and has killed 4 more terrorists in Gaza. The terrorists “retaliated” with firing of mortar shells onto civilians.

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Nakba Day 2: An Obstacle for Peace!

May 18, 2012

Earlier this week, on Nakba Day, I wrote about my feelings towards the “Palestinian disaster”. In short, while I don’t take away from the devastating outcome of the Arab / Palestinian refusal to the partiotion plan (the two states for two people which the Jewish Community accepted and founded Israel upon, and which the Palestinians rejected and started a war which they’ve lost).

Did you know? The term Nakba was first set to describe the outcme by Syrian author Constantin Zureiq, who refered to the disaster as the “shameful” lost of Seven Arab nations against one entity (Israel, or in his words “Zionism“).

I also mentioned, but more on the sidelines, the many issues this issue raises. Some of them are essential to why peace is so hard in this conflict. I’d like to summarize it in short:

  1. The Palestinians demand a fictional right they call “The Right of Return”. Basically, they’re demanding a return to their old homes from before the war. This so-called “right” has never been granted in any conflict!
    (moreover, many Jewish people were either forced by the government or were treated horribly to basically having no choice but to leave their possesions and homes in the Arab nations where they lived at the same time).
  2. The Palestinian “Refugees” are handled in a seperate special and unique agency, that doesn’t help them but works to keep them refugees in grave and dire situations.
  3. To that extend, Palestinians refugees are the only refugees around the world whose offsprings recieve refugee status.
  4. A Palestinian coming to money or success, granted citizenship and so on are still called refugees (as do their offsprings).
  5. There are many Palestinian refugees who have been living in camps in Syria and Lebanon (Egypt’s camps are now called The Gaza Strip). No one is helping them improve their lives, even when 64 years have passed since the war. They’re only concerned with keeping them poor and in poor condition to demand a fictional right from Israel.
  6. Granting the “Right of Return” would mean to demographically extinct the state of Israel (especially with refugee offspring status).
  7. Each year the Palestinians organize marches and have themselves and kids walk around with keys, symbolizing this fictional right. With that kind of education, how can you really teach your children peace and not violence (especially when its’ rooted in half-truths to complete lies)?

At the end of the day, the 67-borders is not the main issue of this conflict.

Israel has made many territorial compromises throughout the years (including Israel’s current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu):

  1. To achieve peace with Egypt, Israel gave Egypt the entire Sinai Peninsula, whose size is more than twice the size of Israel (Egypt refused to take back the Gaza Strip territory, rending it belonging to no state but de-facto under Israel’s military rule, due to Egypt’s refusal to accept the Palestinians and their territory back to its’ own territory as it was before the war).
  2. Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza.
  3. The establishment of Territory A, most of which is in complete civilian control of the Palestinian Authority (originally included military and security control as well, but when the Palestinian were unable or unwilling to stop suicide bombings, Israel reclaims military control).

And there’s more. Israel can, has and will make territorial compromises. But territory is not the issue!

This is! The hatred, the educations to hatred and lies, the thought of a fictional right that asks to abolish Israel completely, and the endless lies ensuing, this is the real issue. This is the real reason peace cannot be made.

This is the key issue in which Palestinian leaderships are still speaking out and saying they will never make compromises. This is the key issue in which Palestinian leadership organizes marches and instills false beliefs and lies, starting from the very early ages, against Israel and against peace. The false stories of the “evil Jews who came to steal our land when we were all innocnet in all of this” is a lie! And In his article last year in the New York Times, Palestinian Authority President, told the world this false narrative.

If you don’t know the truth, you might believe he was telling the truth! But he’s not!!! And these lies are what children on the other side are taught to believe is the truth!

So while it might be easy to blame Israel for everything, and while it may be super-easy to see this is as nothing more than a territorial dispute, IT IS NOT A TERRITORIAL DISPUTE!

This Nakba, this education of lies and hatred – that is!

Yaser Arafat said “no” to Bill Clinton’s peace proposal because of this very issue! Not territory, not security… Because he couldn’t have ended the conflict. Because to end the conflict is to admit the lies. To admit, at the very least, that like in any other conflict around the world, no return right will been given.

But in the meantime, peace won’t come. And refugees around the world can only envy the kind of conditions the Palestinians receive…

Israeli Prime Minister Forms Unity Government, Reminds me of the Non-Unity of the Palestinians

May 8, 2012

Israel has been buzzing the past few weeks with the speculations regarding the intent to disperse the current Israeli Knesset and hold early elections in the coming September (rather than allowing the Knesset and government to stay in tact for one more year, bringing its’ term to a total of four years). Since Sunday, it was official and a bill to for dispersing the Knesset was in motion, as well as several “no confidence” votes, which weren’t successful.

Then, late into last night, the elections which seemed so close (set for September 4th), now seem much further away, maybe even in their scheduled date of October 2013.

Israeli leading government party, Likud, has formed a unity government with the leading opposition party, Kadima. Together, they hold 55 of the total 120 seats of the Knesset. Kadima has joined the current Israeli coalition (in power since the 2009 elections), making it the widest coalition Israel has ever had.

The chairwoman of the Labor party, Shelly Yachimovich, is expected to be nominated the new opposition leader, now that she’s the chairwoman of the biggest opposition party (after Kadima’s entrance to the government).

The unity was formed with several key issues in store, and whether or not it will hold remains to be seen.

Israeli unity government - Netanyahu and Mofaz

Israeli prime minister and Likud party chairman, Benjamin Netanyahu, [left] and former Israeli opposition leader and Kadima party chairman [and now Vice Prime Minister], Shaul Mofaz, [right] at a press conference declaring their coalition agreement, today at noon.

Why am I even writing a post about this and why should you care?

Because Israel is in focus in worldview on two issues: Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And while some speculate what this may mean regarding Israel’s stance over Iran’s nuclear program, and will this spark new negotiations with the Palestinians (the Palestinians themselves seem very unimpressed. Kadima was the ruling party in government before this current government and has conducted the offensive in Gaza. Its’ former chairman, Ehud Olmert, made the Palestinians the most advance offers ever made by Israel in order to reach peace!).

Shelly Yachimovich, Labor party chairwoman

Labor party chairwoman, Shelly Yachimovich, is expected to be nominated the new opposition leader.

I want to focus on the second – the Palestinian issue. And on their own so-called Unity.

You see, it just so happens to be that not only are we in May, but that last May (of 2011), the Palestinian factions of Fatah (in control over the Palestinian Authority and the West Bank) and Hamas (controling the Gaza Strip since a violent and bloody coup in Summer of 2007), have stood together in Cairo, and later in Doha, and announced they’re putting their “differences” aside, neverminding the fact Hamas was gunning down and punishing by amputations and torture any Fatah member in the Gaza Strip. They announced a unity.

Well, we’re one year past it and no unity in sight.

  1. They were supposed to make mutual releases of prisoners. Barely happened. All they can agree upon is that Israel should release all Palestinian prisoners (including the “heros” involved in terror and murders). Nothing about the prisoners they each have of the other faction.
  2. Elections – what elections? The so-called “democracy” of the Palestinians (as PA President Mahmoud Abbas described it in his op-ed article in The New York Times on May 16th, 2011) hasn’t held elections since 2006. The unity was supposed to bring forth elections in September of 2011 – did not happen. Moreover, since the last round of election were unaccepted in full by both large parties and led to the violent coup, who’s to say even if such elections were held they would succeed?
  3. Hamas was supposed to join the PLO, a supposed body formed in early 1960s in Jordan, to represent all Palestinians (this is the body officialy holding a seat in UNESCO and the UN, although it’s the Fatah and PA that de-facto controls it). It did not happen (which is good, the PLO recieves international recognition while Hamas refuses to follow basic international demands made by the Quartet).

And the list can go on. It seems the only thing the Palestinian factions can agree upon is hating Israel and de-legitimizing it. Each in their own way, of course.

But what do you except? Since Hamas leader Khaled Mashal said in December (in order to enter the PLO) that Hamas will abandon it’s ways of terror, over 300 rockets and mortar shells were fired into Israel. Now true, Hamas wasn’t the one shooting these rockets at Israeli citizens. It was the other 15 terror organizations in Gaza, being armed daily by the Ayatollah regime in Iran. But, and this is a huge but, Hamas made sure to not enforce its’ governace it so claims to have and did nothing to stop these shootings, until Egypt intervened to broker a truce.

Now there’s a lot of reasons why the Palestinians won’t hold any negotiations with Israel regarding peace and ending the conflict (even after this unity government). The non-unity of Hamas is just one of them.

But here’s a key issue –

If Israel’s unity government will fail, Israel will hold fair, honest and open elections as it has done in the past 64 years. Even if the unity will succeed, Israel will hold elections in due time as set by law.

If the Palestinian unity will fail, elections can never be held. The de-facto situation of two states with two people (West Bank and Gaza) will remain. Even if elections could be held, the prior ones clearly show no party is really truly obligated to honor the results. Each faction interpreted the results as was most convient and thus a violent coup, a bloody tear, ensued.

There are many reasons why this conflict continues to exist. Israel is the not the sole, nor necessarily the main, reason!!

Summary of rockets fired into Israel, April 2012

May 1, 2012

As usual, here’s a summary of the rockets fired at Israel over the last month.

And as usual after a period of escalation, the numbers of rockets have subsided. And as usual they still exist.

Yes, Cathrine Ashton, Ban Ki-Moon, Hilary Clinton and everyone who calls this “calm” – I dare you to live with this kind of calm on your citizens!

Overall, 12 rockets and mortar shells landed in Israel in April 2012.

Rockets landed in Israel, April 2012

Rockets landed in Israel, April 2012

On April 4th, a total of 3 rockets were fired into Israel from Egypt to the resort city of Eilat.

On April 7th, Israeli airforce gunned down militants preparing to launch a rocket.

On April 14th, a rocket was fired but didn’t make it past the strip region. According to Ma’an Palestinian News Agency, the rocket was fired by a military branch of Fatah (The fraction declared “moderate” throughout the world and in control over the Palestinian Authority).

And May is going to be a troublesome month, with Nakba coming in two weeks (I’ll write a post on it, surely).

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Summary of Rockets Fired at Israel, March 2012

April 2, 2012

March of 2012 was a very bad month. An escalation round with fanatic terrorists from the Gaza Strip put over 1.5 million of Israel’s citizens in peril, caused over 200,000 Israeli school kids to stay home for several days and once again took the population of Gaza hostage.

On the night of March 31st, terrorists were captured with knives, gun, ammuniation and a barbwire-cutter, trying to breach the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. One was killed, the other managed to get away and run back to the strip, where Israel has no interest in entering by foot, unless the militants of Gaza would force its’ hand once again.

In the latest escalation round, the most active terror groups where Popular Resistance Committees and Islamic Jihad. Hamas set this round out, but did very little to impose its’ governance. These rockets were fired from Iranian dime who is still funding these organizations that are firing blindly at civilians – women, children and men alike – with the vicious hope of killing as many innocents as possible. In March, 55% of the rockets fired at Israel were long-range missiles!

The following numbers are of the lowest estimate found – over 40 rockets were interecepted by the Iron Dome defense system, meaning over 40 rockets were headed to populated areas!!!

And as you can see, before the escalation and after it, “calm” was restored.

Count of rockets fired at Israel daily from the Gaza Strip

A total of 208 of rockets and mortar shells (by the lowest estimate) were fired at Israel in March of 2012.

After a cease-fire has been declared, nearly a dozen rockets were fired at Israel in the span of 24 hours, one of them hitting a residential parking lot at 10 PM.

A dozen rockets and mortar shells have been fired in the “calm” since the end of the escalation round!

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Summary of rockets fired into Israel, February 2012

March 1, 2012

“Ten days, ten rockets and not one condemnation.”

At a week where various campuses and colleges are cynically used as the platform of one-sided hate-filled mostly blinded propaganda, it seems more than appropriate to quote this line from a letter Israel sent to the United Nations, two days ago.

The past month saw some tough weather in the area, which terrorists in Gaza took advantage of, hoping the bad weather would damange Israel’s detection systems capabilities.

Overall, in February 2012, 31 rockets and mortar shells were fired at civilian populations by terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Count of rockets fired at Israel daily from the Gaza Strip
Count of rockets fired at Israel daily from the Gaza Strip

Among the incidents worth noting:

  • On February 10th, a rocket hit residential area between two private homes. Shrapnel hit a house with a family sitting in the living room. Thankfully, there were no injuries.
  • On February 18th and on February 26th, rockets fired from the strip landed inside the strip’s territory at Gazans’ homes.
  • On Febraury 24th, a rocket launch was thwarted during nighttime by Israel’s airforce.

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Summary of rocket fired into Israel, January 2012

February 1, 2012

Sorry I haven’t been uploading the blog this past month, life got busy and then some.

I’m even more sorry that I couldn’t find suffient time to write adequate posts about several issues, since January 2012 was far from a quiet month. Among the events taking place were:

  • Thwrated terror attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, originating from Hezbollah and its’ “sugar daddy” Ayetollah regime in Iran – An explosive was found under an Israeli tourist bus in BulgariaAzerbaijan uncovered a plot to attack the Israeli ambassador and the jewish home of Chabad; Israeli and US intellegince forwarded information to  Thailand about terrorists planning to bomb a central market street populated with Israeli tourists. Two terrorists were captured and a third managed to escape. The captured led local police to a stash of enormous explosives and various materials used to create lethal bombs.
  • Two seperate attacks were thwarted at a military checkpost where a group of armed Palestinian carrying pipe bombs and explosives were captured. It is believed they were trying to commit a terror attack at the near-by army courthouse.
  • One of these incidents occured during the sentencing of one of the Fogel Family killers. Ten months after taking the lives of five family members (two parents and three children), Amjad Awad was sentenced to over 5 consecutive life sentences. During his trial and sentencing, he showed no remorse and continued kept a smile on his face.
  • Jordan is tightening its’ relations with Hamas, in an attempt to soothe its’ own Arab Spring that, just like in every other country, has more religious Islamic undemocratic aspects to it, than anything aspiring to true freedom. The attempt is due to the fact that the majority of Jordan’s tribal population are Palestinians who aline themselves with Hamas’ ideology.
  • Israel officialy appointed its’ first ambasasdor to newly formed South Sudan.
  • International pressure finally got the Palestinians to reach indirect peace talks with Israel. Just like in September 2010, they came to the table unwillingly with the sole purpose of leaving by the 26th. Again, wanting an international pressure that would force Israel to cave and them to make no real concessions on key and core issues, Palestinian Authority leaders walk away from the table without having disccused anything serious and given the chance for real peace.
  • 12 rockets and mortar shells were fired upon Israeli civilian population during January 2012. On January 1st, three mortar shells contained phosphorescent material. Here is the usual summary:

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