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Gaza’s Missile Range and the Jerusalem Rocket

Looking at Hamas’ reach and where the Jerusalem rocket fell

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Map of Missile Range from Gaza(Google Maps)

The picture above shows–based on where the rockets fired from Gaza have reached so far–the range of Hamas’ missile capabilities. Given the size of Israel and the amount of people who live within this area, this is a startling image.

Also, Max Fisher at the Washington Post has a detailed update of where the rocket that missed Jerusalem actually landed, some 18 miles from Jerusalem near the Ma’ale Amos settlement.

Given that Hamas reportedly says it was targeting the Israeli Knesset building in Jerusalem, that it missed not just the parliament but the entire city by almost 20 miles doesn’t suggest that most finely tuned aiming capabilities.

Still, the fact that Hamas is aiming at Jerusalem at all — which Hamas also claims as the rightful Palestinian capital and which is surrounded by Palestinians, as well as Israelis — seems significant, and could deepen Israeli concerns about the group’s willingness to negotiate peace. It’s also difficult to see how this could generate much sympathy among West Bank Palestinians.

As some have pointed out, firing on Jerusalem is likely to do few favors for Palestinians wishing to base East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state in future negotiations. That is, assuming there are any negotiations to be had.

Map: Where Hamas’s Jerusalem-bound Rocket Actually Landed on Friday

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fred capio says:

It would be nice if a missile hits the dome, maybe it could be arranged????

    AriShavit says:

    no, no it wouldn’t be nice. do you actually believe anyone in the arab world would believe that Hamas’ rocket hit the dome and not an Israeli attack?

      fred capio says:

      no matter what, they would blame Israel

        AriShavit says:

        which is why we should hope it doesn’t happen.

        I do not want an israel that destroys the sacred sites of other religions. It was wrong for Jordanians to prevent jews from reaching hakotel, and it would be wrong for us to destroy the dome of the rock or hope that others do it.

          fred capio says:

          I don’t subscribe to the philosophy to sacrify something tangible (life, land,..) in exchange for something abstract (the vainglorious sense of moral superiority) I also don’t believe that all religions are equal

      fred capio says:

      if palestinian missiles can go astray, so can ours. as they say “s***itt happens”


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Gaza’s Missile Range and the Jerusalem Rocket

Looking at Hamas’ reach and where the Jerusalem rocket fell

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