Artillery data reveals Hamas lies and media cover-up about Israel

As a former Artillery officer, the one thing I loved about artillery is that the data never lies. What I mean is that with our ability to use physics and math, you can always ascertain the truth about the point of origin and point of impact of a mortar, artillery shell, rocket, or missile. And with today’s counter artillery/rocket/missile radar systems, it’s almost child’s play.

So when Hamas claims (and the media parrots) that Israel is shooting rockets at neighborhoods and hospitals, you just need to review the data. And what it reveals is lies and a media cover-up.

Over at Legal Insurrection, I found some interesting information about the recent “rocket” attack into a Gaza neighborhood and hospital. The report says, “one of the stories thrust into the mainstream media was nearly simultaneous explosions in a Palestinian neighborhood and at al-Shifa hospital. The media immediately took the Hamas line that it was Israeli missiles. Later, the IDF stated that it had not fired on those locations, and that the explosions were misfired Hamas or Islamic Jihad missiles.”

The screen shot below — which obviously came from IDF radar — clearly shows a point of origin and flight trajectory of rockets emanating from within Gaza — and it seems that the result was a misfire or short round from Hamas or Islamic Jihad. Folks, take my word, radars don’t lie, and for the sake of the people of Israel, they must not.IDF-image-Shati-and-al-Shifa-Rocket-misfires-e1406673971223-620x439

Now I have no idea about the specific ballistic solutions generated to create firing data for these rockets, but it seems that out of the volley fired, some of these rockets went errant. There are many reasons why an indirect fire projectile can have a failed ballistic solution — human error, charge error, meteorological effects, or just munition malfunction. And I can bet neither Hamas nor Islamic Jihad will to admit to any of this.

However, on the IDF side, you have what is called an ROF (Record of Fire) which lists the fire mission by mission number i.e. AB1234, target location, rounds fired, quadrant elevation, deflection (azimuth direction), charge and shell/fFZ combination. It would be rather easy to investigate a firing error, and I bet the IDF artillery units did so by calling “cease fire freeze.”

Of course, that’s not the story Hamas or our own Leftist anti-Israel media want you to know. Seems there’s a bit of a cover-up going on. Legal Insurrection has a number of stories and tweets from reporters beginning to uncover the truth, including this Italian journalist who is telling the truth now that he’s out of Gaza and no longer fears Hamas retaliation:

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So, could it be that there have been more of these misfires from Hamas and Islamic Jihad that media sources are either intimidated into not reporting or simply too lazy to report? I bet the IDF would be more than happy to provide their ROFs for media scrutiny. How about the Islamic terrorists? Methinks not. So I would offer from henceforth that – particularly for our American media — start asking people who know a little about indirect fire and stop making these blind politically-driven agenda condemnations about who is shooting who.

Like I said, artillery doesn’t lie. When you pull the lanyard or push the button, there are clear means to ascertain what went where.

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Marty Torrez
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I never believe the media without corroboration with several sources, and certainly I never believe what murderous Hamas OR radical Islamist say. They will lie and murder innocent non-Muslim believers till they have the world! Sound familiar?

DixieAngel_76
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And if they managed to wipe out everyone but Muslims, they would start in on each other because they’re all about hatred and murder. Bloodthirsty savages.

Rena
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They already do kill amongst themselves… Have you not seen what ISIS has been doing in Iraq?

Marty Torrez
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You got that right!

EchoFox
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As an “old” forward observer I concur Sir with your explanation. A caveat would be how a ground crater analysis is used to determine azimuth, shell/missile type, and fuze type. Basically, where it came from and who’s ordnance it was. I have on occasion been called upon to conduct “out-of-safe” investigations with an artillery Field Grade Officer. If I can do it as a junior noncommissioned officer with a manual you could deduce Hamas has that capability. Or you fired the ordinance and don’t want an investigation so you clean up the impact site then find a reporter, and BOOM… Read more »
David Akers
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As an ex self – propelled field artillery turret mechanic Allen West had it right. Radar data does not lie. The address many reasons why artillery goes astray, I’ve seen it happen in real life. From human error to misfires to bad powder, errors happen. Check fire and freeze is the worse thing artillery can hear. If the data is correct then Hamas is guilty of a lot more than sending rockets at Israel, kidnappings and torture of Israelis, and using civilians as shields.

Charlie Red
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Both sides are guilty and disgusting.

#stopsupportingisrael

Bear
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Really Charlie? if the palestinians laid down their arms…all of them…there would be PEACE…
If the Israelis did so…they would be destroyed!

Guy Bennett
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So if I were to start firing rockets at your home and your kids school… you being an oppressive genocidal European, occupying the lands of the first nation, would you simply concede and go back to Europe?

mad man marc
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No they are not…Hamas started it, and refuses to cide from attacks during ceasefire agreements…You must be a Muslim???

Christopher Wingrove
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You are guilty and disgusting

MotherBatherick
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You forgot to add “wuss” to your description.

somatic7
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Your hash tag doesn’t match your statement. If you were consistent it would be #stopsupportingisraelandgaza, but maybe that was too long? And stop trying to high-horse this. There’s no moral comparison between the freedom loving people of Israel and the blood lusting people of Gaza.

itzsm00th
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Palestinians cease fire = war over.
Israel cease fire = no more Israel.

JoeCasepack
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#stopbeingantisemitic

EaDiot
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hahahaha… you are oblivious to the fact that the residents of gaza are 100% of semitic origin whereas Israel is comprised predominantly of Jewish people of European descent…. duh!!

Bayah
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okay, one more time with feeling. I am a Mizrahi Jew. I am an Arab Jew and then there are the Sephardim Jews. And what is your point exactly anyway…….Israel is a nation created in 1948, by UN sanction and all member nations signed on.
so..what is your point ?

mad man marc
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Stop lying….

Mark R.R.Smith
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No they are not.

Rena
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What would you do if someone started shooting at your house? Would you just stay there with your head between your knees or would you shoot back to stop them?

mad man marc
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Most of these liberal trolls would stand there { beside Barry| with their head between their knees…..

OldCorpsEd
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No, they’d kneel there with their heads between Barry’s knees.

Al
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Bite me mad man marc

Dot Mushinski
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Is it possible Hamas is deliberately firing on the Palestinians to blame Israel?

Vicki Mckee
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Yes!

itzsm00th
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So you didn’t read the article? That was the entire point and you missed it!

Dot Mushinski
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yes I did read the article, it talked a lot about “misfired” rockets, I have thought all along that Hamas was doing it on purpose, but thought it was just my cynical mind. I don’t recall the article saying that Hamas did it on purpose.Sorry to be so offensive to your superior inelegance.

Ozzy
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Mr. West was only presenting the evidence of where the Rockets came from, and what would cause rockets to miss their targets. It’s entirely possible that they did in fact hit their intended targets so that hamas could blame Israel, nor would I put it past them. After all hamas has proven that they don’t really care about the Palestinian people since they already use them as human shields.

Dot Mushinski
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…”There are many reasons why an indirect fire projectile can have a failed ballistic solution — human error, charge error, meteorological effects, or just munition malfunction. And I can bet neither Hamas nor Islamic Jihad will to admit to any of this.”…
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garland
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Another option. Could it be HAMAS deliberately fired one or more or these rockets at population centers?

itzsm00th
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Another option? That was the entire point of this article. You missed the point.

Freewheelin'Franklin
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Knowing that the murderous bastids intentionally put their innocents in harms way, it is a tremendous leap of faith to say these were “errant” missiles, or misfires.
When it appears they are losing badly, doesn’t it make more sense they would do this intentionally for the world media propaganda war?

Lord Sandwich
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The Palestinians voted Hamas into power. That’s what the Left wanted, right? Democracy for the Middle East? Well, you got it. Their government of terrorists took them to war, and Israel will clean their clock. Meanwhile, reality-based Americans are shocked by the administration’s insane Israel policy. Guess who voted overwhelmingly for Obama. US Jews. And they will do the same in the next election. It would be nice if they would help us help them. These are the consequences of elections you’ve heard tell about.

Rafael X
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Democracy for the middle-east was GWB pipe dream.

Commodore & Chef of the naive
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Commodore & Chef of the naive

It has been the “pipe dream” of many past presidents, including the present administration. The problem is that the mainstream Americans believe that the mid-set of the people in the middle-east are similar to our own, which is a huge mistake. Take a look at Sharia law and see if it comes close to western civilizations ethics….

Greg F
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Liberal “Mind-set” is the problem

gerielou
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Visual evidence . . . Israel did not fire the rockets that hit the hospital and refugee camp.
The rockets were, however, fired from within Gaza.
A ‘misfire’?? or were they targeted in order to place the blame on the Israelites???

Ann49
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I was thinking that too, along with Hamas putting the children in harms way, so they can take pictures and blame Israel, i think they would do it, no morals what so ever.

Bear
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Considering that these are “home made” rockets…LITERALLY!and the propellant is also home made…with no quality control at all…”short rounds” are inevitable…so you blame the Israelis rather than admitting you screwed up Royally!

Mike Heuer
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Kind of reminds me of the North battling the South. Northern manufacturing was far more exact and their artillery far more effective, particularly the fuses on the HE projectiles.

MotherBatherick
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American banks and businesses need to be diligent in making sure they are not indirectly being used/ involved in any money-laundering for Hamas, Hezbollah or ANY terrorist organization, particularly through real estate deals. These guys (terrorists) are slick and operate openly, right under your nose. They’ve been at it a long time so have definitely honed their skills, so to speak. Keep your eyes and ears open for suspicious activity!

ibelieveinfreedom2
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Why? obama is stealing our money to send to hamas and other terrorist organizations, who’s going to stop HIM!

MotherBatherick
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Good point. You are right about that.

EaDiot
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Are you serious Mr West, aerial photographs you refer to as radar images (stills to be precise) with a few lines prove the IDF’s contention. Keep in mind they have the Iron Dome which tracks and traces missiles and intercepts them but a few aerial photographs with lines drawn on them is proof enough for you. Pssst I got a piece of real estate available for you prime location in Washington DC more commonly referred to as The White House, a nickel and it’s yours.

Lee Herring
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I think the point of those aerial photos, was to show the intended flight path, launch, impact and the relative direction those rockets were fired in. No one said those were radar photo’s. Radar woudnt produce photo’s, but tracking radar would provide a plot of the rockets flight path, which would show launch and impact points, which is what the article is refering to. Just because you dont agree, doesnt mean you can twist the article to suit what you do believe.

EaDiot
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Lurving your response… but you fail to notice that those are merely lines drawn on an aerial photograph and are drawn to give substance to the article. And some say I live up to my name? If you go to a FB page called Jews News you will find links to radar images recorded real time which would have also the launch site and target site and the resultant strike. But all you get is some deranged Tom Brown’s skills of drawing a straight line between a few dots on an aerial photograph.

EaDiot
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I quote the esteemed author of this article… ‘The screen shot below — which obviously came from IDF radar — clearly shows a point of origin and flight trajectory’ which I think conclusively proves my point that the article was purely designed to justify israel’s excessive use of force. Any a#$e wipe can draw lines on an aerial photograph, but asking some to use critical thinking is a bridge to far! smdh

Peter Toth
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You live up to your name.

Bear
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Indeed he does!

Justin
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I will go with the former Artillery Officers explanation rather than some arm warrior who seems to know nothing about the subject. Perhaps you can fix his theory by using your vast knowledge concerning Artillery and missle trajectory. I wont hold my breath though.

Bishop of Bath and Wells
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Bishop of Bath and Wells

Yeah, I too would rather listen to people who have actual knowledge about the subject discussed instead of the random guy from the internet.

Somehow seems like a safer bet.

Peter Toth
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Only a religious zealot, or complete fool, believes anything Hamas puts out. The problem we have in the West, is trying to figure out in which column to place the left wing media? Considering their atheistic leanings, I’m focusing on the latter.

Infanteer
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The Fourth Estate is now officially a fifth column.

Mac
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Now?

Infanteer
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Ok, since early’60s then?

payasyougo
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This is totally believable and likely true. the don’t care how many of their own they need to kill to win public support. But I am no expert or former military but these look nothing like radar pics at all. I think this article bears closer scrutiny by you or your staff. I’m a big fan but this article doesn’t feel right to me.

Okwaho1
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Israel should continue to blast HAMAS into oblivion then reclaim Gaza for keeps and turn it into a a big beach. The palestinians don’t deserve a homeland if they allow the likes of HAMAS to take over. When will they realize that HAMAS is their worst enemy? HAMAS is causing all this destruction to rain down on GAZA.

ibelieveinfreedom2
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One presumes the palestinians will realize hamas is their enemy about the same time the sycophants in the US will realize ovomit is a muslim with evil intents for the USA and the democrats are no better than hamas.

Bishop of Bath and Wells
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Bishop of Bath and Wells

Are Democrats firing missiles to Republicans, and then hide behind their voters when they fire back? Because if they don’t, I wouldn’t compare them to Hamas.

Mike Heuer
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I’m no fan of Democrats, but I never would compare them to Hamas.

Michael Bowen
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As a Forward Observer for over 20+ years I agree with the post above . if you send it at me and mine I will send it back in triplicate or more . and seeing the impact I can tell you what direction it came from .and with the radar in use today we can tell you WHERE it came from and return Fire in very short order .Minus time of flight . I wont say how long because I just love surprises

Carl Sisco
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I was a artilleryman in the Marines for 3 years. One of the things we had drilled into us was how easily radar could trace our fire AND how easy it was to send counter battery fire back at us. The impact crater alone will give you the direction to track the round from. This man has definitely done his homework. I say as long as Hmas continues to hide amongst the Palestinian people and fire. Keep firing back, sooner or later the Palestinian people will kick Hamas out for us. Hamas is like so many terrorist groups, afraid to… Read more »
Bishop of Bath and Wells
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Bishop of Bath and Wells

Don’t ever underestimate the power of fear and brainwashing. I don’t think the people of Gaza will overthrow Hamas for the same reason I don’t think the North Koreans will overthrow the Communists. Because they fear them too much, and they are being indoctrinated to hate an enemy from outside…

MrsJ
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I’m not sure the Palestinians will kick out Hamas – they are indoctrinated from birth that destroying Israel and killing Jews is far more important than their own or children’s lives. Additionally, Islam teaches that this world is merely to be endured before entering paradise and that dying for the cause is the very best thing you can do on this earth.

Ann49
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I hope everyone retweets this, force media to tell the truth or be a liar.

Ann49
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One thing is true that if Hamas is firing on the Palestine people themselves to blame Israel the Palestine’s know this and will turn away from them, i think they fear them?

Eddie frOly
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I think saying that they’re being lazy is kind of being nice about it. I think it is more like complicit! These liberals have no idea who they’re backing either that or they’re just as evil as Hamas is. When will people get the FACT that you can not make peace with a group whose sole purpose is to see you destroyed.