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Thursday, October 07, 2010

IDF blog releases comprehensive Qassam statistics

I had been feeling guilty about not keeping up with the  monthly Gaza rocket calendars that I used to maintain but haven't created since February of this year.

But now I don't have to worry anymore, because the IDF blog has all the numbers.


2010JanFebMarAprMay
Qassam16624511
Mortars110573
Grads00000
Total276291214

JunJulAugSepTotal
Qassam159614106
Mortars1171550
Grads06017
Total16161330163
There is much more at the site.

In 2008, there were 3278 rockets. Their rate was increasing by roughly a thousand a year, which means that if the trends between 2006-2008 had held steady, Israel would have absorbed over 5000 rockets this year instead of the projected 200 or so.

In that sense, Cast Lead cannot be considered anything but a success.

Even so, there have been 162 more rockets this year than any other country would tolerate without going to war. For some reason Israel is treated by the world as if it doesn't have that moral imperative that every other sovereign nation does to protect its citizens.

(h/t Yaacov Lozowick)