An IDF soldier traverses a tunnel used by Hamas gunmen for cross-border attacks.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Only the passage of time will tell if Israel has achieved the stated objective of Operation Protective Edge – “sustained calm” for the people of Israel. But even and especially now, as Hamas is renewing its attacks against Israel, Israel appears to have made several important gains. Consider the following:Hamas’s vast arsenal of Iranian-supplied munitions largely failed to inflict any significant damage, both due to use and Israeli defensive and offensive measures. Of the 3,356 rockets Hamas fired, more than two-thirds landed in open areas. Iron Dome batteries intercepted roughly another sixth, and the Home Front Command’s multi-layered civilian protection program, which combines ubiquitous access to bomb shelters and the dissemination of instant Red Alert notifications, doubtlessly saved additional lives.