Sderot Media Center: IDF Has Solution to Rockets
10 Shevat 5768, 17 January 08 03:23
by Hana Levi
(IsraelNN.com) The IDF can handle the problem of the unending Kassam rocket
attacks on Sderot and other communities in the western Negev, according to
Sderot Media Center director Noam Bedein – if allowed by the political
establishment "and the world" to do so.
Speaking with IsraelNationalNews after a morning in which more than a
dozen Kassam rockets slammed into the city, Bedein said that the IDF is not
doing everything in its power to halt the attacks.
"We have to do what is right for our own people. The army does have
solutions; it can definitely resolve the problem of the rockets……. but the issue
isn't whether they can or they can't. The issue is, we have to try to do
everything in our power to end this nightmare – which we are not doing now."
He said the longer the government waits to untie the IDF's hands, the more
dangerous the situation is. "In the past two and a half years since the
Disengagement, Hamas has accomplished what it took other terrorist groups 20
years to achieve. Hamas terrorists are being trained in Iran," he noted bluntly.
"They're well trained, well equipped and their arsenal is growing."
Bedein described Thursday morning's scene as parents left work to pick up
their hysterical children after a barrage of rockets slammed into the city just
as children were walking to school and adults were going to work.
"There is no question the children were deeply traumatized," said Bedein. "So
were the adults. You spend the day wondering when and where the [Color Red
rocket alert] siren is going to catch you, whether you will have time to reach a
shelter, where the rocket is going to hit… it is psychological terror and every
day that passes makes it worse."
While the Kassams and mortar shells are raining down on Israelis in the
western Negev, the government is fighting a petition by 30 Sderot families
asking the Supreme Court to force the government to keep its promise and fortify
800 homes in the Gaza belt area.
State Prosecution attorney told the court Wednesday that fortifying homes in
Sderot would set a "significant precedent" that would lead to the
government having to fortify hundreds of thousands of homes in larger cities as
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Bedein said that time is not far away. "More than 190,000 Israelis are
already living under the threat of the rockets today, including Ashkelon and
Netivot, both of which are now within rocket range. In 2008 that number will
grow to 250,000 Israelis living under the threat of rocket attacks," he
Hamas is also quite wealthy, despite its declarations that Gaza is in a
humanitarian crisis due to Israel's security measures. There are hundreds of
smuggler tunnels into Gaza," said Bedein, "and every time someone brings
something in Hamas takes a fee of $3,000. "It can be anything – drugs,
weapons, ammunition, people or any other contraband."
More than 160 tons of ammunition has been smuggled into Gaza since the
[August 2005] Disengagement, he noted, but the pace has picked up dramatically
since Hamas took over Gaza in June 2007. "Since then, smugglers are bringing in
at least one ton of ammunition a day," he said.
Dealing with attacks from Hamas-run Gaza and the thousands of terrorists who
live there will also mean Israel having to live with the fact that the job
cannot be accomplished without civilian casualties.
"According to the IDF, approximately 97 percent of all terrorist targets are
embedded in the civilian population. It's a problem for Israel, because we have
the eyes of the world trained on us. Israel feels it has to have casualties on
its side to have the legitimacy of the world to go in and end the attacks,"
It will take that one mass casualty attack that everyone fears before the
Israeli government decides to untie the hands of the IDF, he added. "Nothing is
going to move until there's blood."
Original article: Israel National News
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