While the IDF has time and again stressed the importance of striking rocket launching cells caught in the act, recent statements made by IAF chief, Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedi indicate that less than 3% of all Qassam attacks are thwarted.By all means, lets finish this peace conference in Annapolis as soon a possible, so maybe...maybe Israel can go about the business of defending herself from the terrorists.
Shkedi said that the air strikes were effective in targeting between 1-3% of the cells. "If we want to fight, we have to hurt those who manufacture the Qassams, issue the orders, transport the cells, and develop the explosives… everything else related to this industry. We cannot ignore the other 97%," he said.
But for now the army, following directives from the political echelon, can only focus on cells already in the field. [emphasis added]
Friday, November 23, 2007
The 3% Solution--Isn't
YNetNews.com has a video from the IDF showing the elimination of a terrorist cell attempting to fire a Qassam rocket into Israel. It looks impressive on the video, but there's a catch: