Report: Israeli Civil Defense Measures Have Saved Many Lives – Yaakov Lappin
(dailyalert.org, Mar. 18, 2014)
Had Israel not developed a set of effective civil defense measures, the thousands of Palestinian rockets fired at Israel from Gaza would have caused seven times more casualties, according to a new study by Prof. Edward H. Kaplan, a specialist in engineering and public health from the Yale School of Management.
“There has been a concerted attempt by many to portray Kassam rockets as essentially harmless, symbolic weapons,” Kaplan said. But the reason there have been so few Israeli casualties is that “Israel has invested large sums of money in civil defense infrastructure in southern Israel. Safe rooms, bomb shelters, the Red Dawn early warning system and most recently the Iron Dome collectively shield civilians from Kassams.”
“These rockets are not harmless; rather, casualties are low because Israel is protecting its citizens via its civil defense infrastructure,” he said. (Jerusalem Post)