Israel News | Zionism Israel Center | Zionism History | Zionism Definitions | ZioNation | Forum | Zionism FAQ | Maps| Edit

Thursday, November 23, 2006

ANALYSIS: No technological solution to ongoing Qassam rocket fire

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2006/11/analysis-no-technological-solution-to.html

Last update - 06:27 23/11/2006   

ANALYSIS: No technological solution to ongoing Qassam rocket fire
 
By Ze'ev Schiff, Haaretz Correspondent

Israel wasted many years in fruitless debate over a technological solution to the problem posed by the Qassam rockets fired against Sderot and the western Negev. It is best not to delude the citizens of Israel with false promises: Even if a miracle does take place and a decision on the appropriate technological solution is made, it would be two to three years before emergence of the first results.
 
The Qassam problem has been characterized to date by a great deal of talk and false promises. A variety of committees were set up - even an intraservice team of various experts - and funds wasted, without any serious solution appearing on the horizon. At one point, the debate centered around the question of whether efforts should concentrate on developing a laser gun that could intercept Katyusha and Qassam rockets, or on building missiles capable of countering rockets and missiles. Israel invested in the development of the Nautilus (a weapons system) in cooperation with the United States; a few successful interception tests took place and the development was stopped. Among other reasons, the Americans argued that one of the Israeli firms participating in the project was suspected of trying to acquire secret technologies and was asked to leave the project.
 
In any case, there is no serious technological solution on the horizon. Even if such a solution is found in the coming years, it is doubtful whether it would be able to provide defense over large areas. It is much more likely that it will be more of a "pinpoint" defense. Experts have concluded that at this time, Israel has no possibility of fully countering the threat posed by the Qassam and Katyusha rockets.
 
Serious delays also exist in provision of fortified protection against the Qassams. Proof of this is the report by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss from January of this year, which says that the government decisions on this matter were not carried out, neither by the Defense Ministry and the IDF, nor by the Finance Ministry. Another draft report was recently brought before the State Comptroller, one that has yet to be published, regarding the technological, operational and intelligence problems related to the Qassam attacks.
 
The IDF is making great efforts to strike at the crews firing the Qassams, either at the time of launch or immediately afterwards. Success has been partial, even though the IDF has radar, advanced electro-optic systems and precision weapons.
 
As a result of these failures and the delays, the IDF has found itself in an operational "corner." It is increasingly inclined toward undertaking a large-scale ground operation, or to extensive assassinations. Each of these solutions has advantages, but also major disadvantages.
 
After Israel's departure from the Philadelphi Route, smuggling of weapons into the Gaza Strip has increased. The smuggling provides Hamas with additional operational possibilities, and so it's just a matter of time before the range of the rockets is extended to include targets north of Ashkelon.
 
To date, the IDF and the Shin Bet have prevented the build-up of a rocket arsenal in the West Bank, but it is clear that the Palestinians will persist in their efforts to achieve this. It is also clear that the Palestinian population will suffer even more when Israel takes off its gloves - justifiably - and sets aside the restrictions it has imposed on itself.


Copyright - Original materials copyright (c) by the authors. Originally posted at http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2006/11/analysis-no-technological-solution-to.html. Please do link to these articles, quote from them and forward them by email to friends with this notice. Other uses require written permission of the author.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment



<< Home


FREE EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION
Subscribe to
ZNN
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by groups.yahoo.com


Feedblitz subcription
To this Blog only

You can receive our articles by e-mail. For a free subscription, please enter your e-mail address:


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Web Logs & Sites

This Site

Zionism & Israel
Zionation Web Log
IMO Web Log (Dutch)

ZI Group
Zionism-Israel Pages
Israël-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Israƫl in de Media
MidEastWeb Middle East News and Views
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log

Brave Zionism
Israel: Like this, as if
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog

Friends and Partners
EinNews Israel
Israel Facts
Israel Proud Adam Holland
Middle East Analysis
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Middle East Analysis
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israpundit
Israel Facts (NL)
Cynthia's Israel Adventure
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Meretz USA Weblog
Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers
Simply Jews
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
Sharona's Week
Z-Word Blog
Z-Word
Jewish State
Take A Pen - Israel Advocacy
Zionism on the Web
UN-Biased
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Zionism
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Southern Wolf
Peace With Realism
Sanda's Place
Liberal for Israel
Realistic Dove
Blue Truth
Point of no Return
Christians Standing With Israel
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog
Liberticracia
CNPublications
SEO

Reference
Zionism
Anti-Semitism
Anti-Zionism
Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Middle East Encyclopedia
Bible
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism & the creation of Israel
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Christian Zionism Resources
Christian Zionism
Albert Einstein
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Islamism
Jihad
Zionist Quotes
Six Day War
Jew Hatred
Israel
Jew
Learn Hebrew
Arab-Israeli Conflict
International Zionism
Russian

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Israel Boycott
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War
Boycott Israel?
Dutch Newspaper Reporting: A Study of NRC Handelsblad
Hamas (Dutch)
Dries van Agt (Dutch)
Experimental
Isfake lobby
Mysterology

At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum

Judaica & Israel Gifts
Jewish Gifts: Judaica:
Ahava Products
Mezuzah

Powered by Blogger

Subscribe to
Posts [Atom]


RSS V 1.0

International Affairs Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory