Pictures are one things, stats are another: Here are some of the latest figures, up-to-date as of 3 June 2009. Hat tip to Central LS and the IDF spokesperson.
- Today, over 950,000 Israelis live within range of rocket and mortar attacks.
- There have been approximately 7,200 rockets (Grads, Qassams) and mortars launched at Israel since 2005.
- During 2008, there have been 1755 mortars shells, 1720 Qassams rockets, and 75 Grad missiles launched at Israel.
- Since Hamas’ election, there has been a steady increase of these rocket attacks against Israel’s citizens:
- Between Israel’s evacuation of Gaza and the election of Hamas (15 Aug 2005 to 25 Jan 2006), there was an average of over 15 rocket and mortar attacks a month.
- Between Hamas’ election and Hamas’ forceful takeover of the Strip (25 Jan 2006 to 14 June 2007), there was an average of over 102 attacks per month—an over 650% increase.
- Between Hamas’ takeover and the start of the tahadiya (Hama’s self-proclaimed “state of calm”—now there is an exercise in irony), (14 June 2007 to 16 June 2008), there was an average of over 361 attacks per month—an increase of an additional 350%.
- On 4–5 Nov 2008, Israel launched Operation “Double Challenge,” targeting a tunnel Hamas was building as part of a plan to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
- From the end of Operation “Double Challenge” until the end of the tahadiya (4 Nov to 19 Dec 2008), there were 170 mortars, 255 Qassams, and 5 Grads fired upon Israel’s civilian population centers.
- Since the end of the tahadiya (19 Dec 2009) until the beginning of Operation “Cast Lead” (27 Dec 2008), a period of little more than a week, there were approximately 300 mortars and rockets fired onto Israel.
- Since the begining of Operation “Cast Lead,” there have been an additional 500 launches, 284 of which have been verified as rockets (both Qassams and Grads), and 113 as mortars.
So when our critics start nattering away about “disproportionate force” or “collective punishment,” imagine that those figures, replacing Hamas with Mexico and Israel for the US. How long would the US let residents of San Diego get hit by rockets before retaliating? Grrrr.
UI Design: I expected more of a response to my obvious bate about my “cockpit” error (Even Geeks Get the Blues), but only Martin responded. What are your experiences with bad UI (user interface)? When do you blame the plane, not the pilot?
More Arik Einstein: OK, I’m dating myself, but if we are celebrating Arik’s 70th birthday, we can’t forget the all-time best skit from Lul. Israeli cultural issues in a nutshell. And I guess it was a simpler, sweeter time, when ani roeh otach b’derech l’gymnasia didn’t sound like a stalker (or creepy older guy hitting on 17-year-old girls). And remember how he almost always was smoking while he sang?! World’s gotten too darn PC, IMO.