Guardian story includes egregious undercount of Hamas rocket attacks

‘Comment is Free’ contributor Giles Fraser penned an essay on July 19th addressing both the efficacy and spiritual dimension of Western missile (and missile defense) systems – using, as basis for his meditation, a new British government review of possible replacements for the Trident system, but focusing primarily on Israel’s Iron Dome, and the state’s reliance on such weapons for their citizens’ security.


(The theme and title of his essay is derived from the Hebrew word bitachon, the root of which, batach, means to lean or rest on someone or something, as in “to trust in God”: “It is better to trust in God than to trust in any man” – Psalms 118:9).

Interestingly, while making a case against what he suggests is an over-reliance on such weaponry (‘faith in princes’ which he juxtaposes with the biblically rooted trust in G-d), he makes a significant error when purporting to cite the number of rockets fired at Israel from Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense’ in November.

Fraser writes, thus:

These days, bitachon doesn’t so much mean the Lord Almighty. It means Iron Dome, the missile defence system, designed to intercept rocket attacks on Israel. During operation Pillar of Defence,in 2012, during which Hamas fired over 100 rockets from Gaza into Israel, Iron Dome was seen to have been about 85% successful. The technology is impressive and is set to get even more so. Iron Dome is a game-changer.

However, while during the first 24 hours of the war roughly 100 rockets were fired into Israel, during the course of the entire eight-day conflict which ended on Nov. 22, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups launched approximately 1,500 rockets at Israel.


Graph courtesy of Times of Israel

We will be seeking a correction to Fraser’s 15-fold undercount of deadly projectiles fired at Israeli civilians during that period.  

6 replies »

  1. Hamas fired over 100 rockets from Gaza into Israel
    Well, strictly speaking that’s true; 1,500 is WELL over 100 rockets.

    As you well know, during the Blitz the Luftwaffe dropped over 8 bombs on London.

  2. I fail to understand the logic behind Giles Fraser’s linking of Trident, a submarine launched nuclear weapon, with Iron Dome a missile defensive shield.

    They are oranges and apples.

    Yes, they are both missiles but there the similarity ends. A city hit by a Trident missile, for example Tehran, would be obliterated. (Before the usual suspects rush to charge me with being a genocidal maniac I am not advocating launching a Trident strike on Tehran, well not immediately anyway, but it has to be an option.)
    Trident can also be used as a first strike weapon, so it is not just a defensive weapon but also an offensive weapon as well.

    If I was cynical I might wonder if Mr. Fraser just wanted to use the current debate in the UK about the future of our nuclear deterrent to take a few cheap shots at Israel.

  3. In 2009 the CIF run a series of nostalgic articles written by authors from different countries of the ex-communist bloc apologising for the good old socialist opression. In these articles they used the same mathematics, the communists killed thousands of people during their bloody reign. Thousands – not millions…

  4. Al Guardian and its editing lines:

    There is no Antisemitism, besides in the west and there only at the right.
    There are no rockets, only innocent civilian victims at the Arab side.
    There is no terrorism, only herolike martyrdom of legitimate resistance.

    Everything else is invention and defamation by tiny guardianophob websites without any importance like CiFWatch, completely ignored by us.
    As they are constantly misleading about our sincere comittment to the fate of the world and its problems whose solutions include the exclusion of Jews we want to have them banned, for Guardianophoby and the sake of our reputation.
    Although we normally choose to neglect such tiny and insignificant outlets of fanatics we well know from the Bible and other sources like the Protocols we worry about the mental health of the world.

    And may Allah let the oil dollars reign and rain.