Israel Develops Armored Buildings
YNET NEWS – New wall structure can repel rocket attacks.
It's a novel approach that can save lives so that in itself is good news, but I see a danger as well..
Security forces successfully tested a special wall designed to protect buildings from Qassam rockets on Thursday.
In a first experiment in Rishon Letzion, headed by Home Front Commander Yitzhak Gershon, a number of rockets resembling Qassams were fired at the wall. The wall stood up to the rockets, which failed to penetrate. It was specially designed by a number of defense companies, and is aimed at protecting buildings in the cities, towns, and villages of the western Negev.
After successfully testing out the wall, the defense establishment could adopt it for beefing up structures in communities on the Gaza border and Sderot, with a special focus on educational institutions and kindergartens. A military source explained that the wall can be place at the front of the building and will repel a strike by a Qassam rocket.
"This is a relatively cheap solution. The wall can be received directly from the manufacturer and all that is left to do is to install it in the targeted place," he said. [...]
Like I said, anything that can safeguard lives is a positive thing, but the term "Solution" up there is as grave a falsehood as one can muster. This won't prevent rocket attacks clearly, this notion of this being any form of solution is highly flawed, as it subscribes Israelis to a life of rockets.
These weapons take a heavy toll on the population & Israel's children mentally through shock, fear and a feeling of constant insecurity, no plaster edifice will alleviate that very grave situation.
My.. What Big Walls You Have.
Also, military doctrine & experience has shown that when you armor up, your enemy just seeks out something that will make a bigger bang, soon Israel might have key buildings with room enough for a single person to stand alone in, the rest being thick walls!
So if this can safeguard temporarily Israel's young in schools and key facilities somewhat from concussive weapons that is happy news, but no one least of all the Defense Minister should delude himself into thinking this is a solution to anything by any stretch. I say it only because so far, Amir Peretz is prone to these types of convenient delusions. This is a safeguard, let's find a real solution.
Now, if only we could get that beautiful Jerusalem stone look integrated : )