The Terror Journal

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The Israel Gaza war, by the numbers

David saranga (Consul for media and public affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York)As Israel continues to fight Hamas and its deeply entangled terror factions in Gaza, I thought of writing an article about the 10,200 rockets that have been fired from Gaza into nearby Israeli towns since 2001. I thought of writing about the thousands of Israeli citizens who live their lives in 15-second bursts, waiting in fear for the next warning siren to alarm, at which time they have mere seconds to take cover inside a bomb shelter before a missile strikes. Surely these figures alone are enough to make anyone’s jaw drop.

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Because of the sea of words and wave of articles that continue to flood the media regarding the war in Gaza, I decided to write something that would resonate with readers in a different way. Sometimes numbers speak louder than words.

To date, 396 truckloads of humanitarian aid were delivered to Gaza through Israeli crossings since Dec. 27, 2008. Too many, in fact, that the World Food Program informed Israel it would cease shipment of food to Gaza because supplies – enough to last two weeks – were overcrowding warehouses. There were 90,000 phone calls made by the IDF and 800,000 leaflets disseminated to families in Gaza warning them to evacuate their homes and stay away from terrorist and weapons storage sites.

One hundred percent of the Gaza Strip was evacuated by Israel and handed over to the Palestinians in 2005. Zero settlements remain. The 10,200 rockets fired into Israel have caused 28 deaths – 507 of these rockets were launched during the ceasefire alone. Thirty children in Israel would have been killed had they been present at the kindergarten in Ashdod that was struck by rockets from Gaza on Jan. 5.

Twenty Palestinians have been evacuated to Israel for medical attention. Zero wounded Palestinians were allowed by Hamas to cross from Gaza to Egypt for treatment.

Meanwhile, two lions were smuggled into Gaza through tunnels under the border between Egypt and Gaza.

Only one Israeli remains in Gaza – Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit, who was abducted by Hamas terrorists on June 25, 2006.

In Israel’s 60 years of existence, it has also endured 60 years of war with its many surrounding neighbors who want nothing less than to see Israel wiped off the map. No matter how many years it takes, our enemies cannot – and will not – defeat our determination to achieve peace.

Saranga is the consul for media and public affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York

Source: Israel Politik/New York Daily News

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