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Can it all be just a mistake?

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Hamas officials said that a 52-page document has been compiled to testify that the offensive missiles fired during Operation Cast lead were "an accident" due to their weapon's lack of aiming capabilities toward military installations.

However, section 1687 of the "Goldstone Report" presents that, "indeed, Palestinian armed groups, among them Hamas, have publicly expressed their intention to target Israel civilians.... claimed responsibility for the deaths of each of the Israeli civilians killed by rocket fired during the operations in Gaza".

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Destruction after a rocket targeting the civilians of Sderot. (Photo: Noam Bedein/Sderot Media Center)

This begs the question: If Hamas weapons suffer from inaccuracy, maybe the information that was given to Goldstone is also off target?

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I remember the first time that I heard about Sapir college was when I was traveling in the United States after the army. When I asked about the whereabouts of the college, a friend replied, "It is a nice place next to Sderot. However, the situation is a little strange. Rockets are launched towards the city daily". I did not know what lay ahead for me at Sapir College, but I decided that I would take the risk. After all, I figured something would be done, eventually, to stop the rockets.

Eight years have passed since the first rocket was launched towards Sderot. The situation has not changed, I was wrong. More than ten thousand kassam missiles, grad, and mortar shells have been fired from Gaza, of which eighty-four fell in Sderot during Operation Cast Lead. Moreover, the "military installations" Hamas speaks of are nowhere to be found in the city. Where exactly were the rockets intended to fall?

I have witnessed firsthand the "mistakes" that have not only produced several deaths, but continue to affect hundreds, if not a thousands, of people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSD) as a result of the constant threat of incoming rocket attacks to the city.

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What has been the result of the poor aiming capabilities of Hamas rockets?

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