IDF preparing for a wide range of future scenarios, including the firing of longer-range missiles at Israel
In 2011, 680 rockets, mortars and Grad missiles were fired at southern Israel, according to data compiled by the Home Front Command.
80 Grad missiles were fired at Israel in 2011, compared to two the previous year. Grads have a longer range and more lethal explosive payload than other rockets fired at Israel.
30 percent of all rocket strikes in 2011 took place during three periods of escalation, totaling around 15 days overall. Five rockets fell on or near buildings in Israel. The Home Front Command's Southern District continued to upgrade the warning system for the residents of southern Israel. In addition to the siren system, the Home Front Command is working to improve mobile phone, internet and television warning systems.
In the past year, the Home Front Command continued to strengthen its relationship with local authorities and continued its cooperation with state emergency bodies.
"Since Operation Cast Lead, the sirens have been improved and today they work much better," said a senior Home Front Command official. He noted that most local authorities conducted training last year and that all of them will do so this year.
The official said that the plan to reinforce homes within 4.5 kilometers of the Gaza Strip and educational institutions within seven kilometers of the border is partially complete and that within two years all educational institutions within 15 kilometers of the border will be fortified.
In recent months, the Home Front Command completed preparations for the possibility of another military operation in the Gaza Strip, as well as a wide range of scenarios, including rockets striking areas more than 45 kilometers from the Gaza Strip. The Home Front Command is also preparing for scenarios in which more than 1,000 rockets are launched at Israel.