Although the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel publishes its numbers around the Jewish new year at Rosh HaShana, the terror statistics come out at the end of the secular year. Tucked into the Makor Rishon newspaper was an article with the roundup.
This year was considered a “good” one, terror wise, compared to last year:
In 2010 there were 9 dead and 28 wounded from terrorist attacks, versus 15 dead and 234 wounded in 2009 (which includes the period of the War in Gaza).
In 2010 there were “only” 150 rockets fired into Israel from its neighbors, versus 569 in 2009 (407 during the War in Gaza alone).
In 2010 there were “only” 215 mortar shells fired into Israel, versus 289 during 2009.
Thank G-d there were no suicide bombers either in 2010 or in 2009.
Remember these statistics. The next time we need to go to war against the terrorists in Gaza or Lebanon, (and according to army predictions this will happen sooner rather than later) and the liberals both in Israel and especially in America start to hyperventilate, you can give them some background. These numbers will almost certainly be ignored by the mainstream media – as if the IDF decides to go to war on a whim.
Can you imagine the citizens of San Diego putting up with hundreds of rockets and mortar shells fired from Mexico? Can you imagine the citizens of Maine putting up with hundreds of rockets and mortar shells fired from Canada?
Of course you can’t, and I hope you never do.