Are Rockets Inevitable?

Today in Israel, a sad statistic was released: Since the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in the middle of June, an average of 15 rockets (between seven and 21) have fallen in Israeli territory every week.

Over the Rosh Hashana festive weekend, no less than 13 Kassams were fired into Israel. Are rockets inevitable? Well, most Israelis believe that if Hamas can control public demonstrations, limit what journalists can report, control vast amounts of money and funnel it where they wish, they can certainly control when rockets are fired against Israel.

So are rockets inevitable? No – they will fall so long as the Hamas-led government or similar organizations believe it is in their best interest to shoot them at Israel. They will fall so long as the Palestinians believe they can gain more from rockets than negotiations.


  1. Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of the known world free of the fear of molestation? He could walk across the Earth unharmed, cloaked only in the protection of the words civus Romanus — I am a Roman citizen. So great was the retribution of Rome, universally understood as certain, should any harm befall even one of its citizens.

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