Hello, sirens? Calling all sirens when there is incoming

A bit ago there was a really big boom. Not big enough to rattle or crack my windows but definitely big enough to get my notice. What the hell was that, I thought? I immediately also thought that it was a suicide bomber somewhere within a mile or so of my apartment.
The reason I thought that was that there were no sirens. No sirens went off in Ramat Gan (literally across the street), I didn’t hear any sirens from Tel Aviv and even during high traffic times you can hear the Tel Aviv sirens as they go off usually a nano second before ours.

Despite no sirens, there was a rocket. The Iron Dome took it out (that was the boom). I am all for that. I am really, really all for that. BUT I also know that the Iron Dome is not 100%. It has indeed hit every rocket targeting our area so far but that does not make it 100%. It’s accuracy is, indeed, (from previous testing and real-war experience) about 79%. That means that about 21% of the time, a rocket is going to get past it. We are lucky that hasn’t happened yet here in central Israel.

It would be damn good to know via a siren that a rocket is inbound and that people should take cover. It is important if the Iron Dome takes out the rocket because of the shrapnel that falls to the ground and it is really important if the Iron Dome has one of those few misses and the rocket actually hits. Sirens, please.


14 responses to “Hello, sirens? Calling all sirens when there is incoming”

  1. Coyote says :

    I downloaded, for a bit, the free app called alert Israel. I now have a bit better idea of what you and Israel are going through. The free app signals an incoming rocket and where it’s headed. The signal kept going off and going off and going off. The only thing missing was the boom. Absolutely horrifying!

    Stay safe!

  2. israeliminx says :

    The app is great and very helpful here if you are away from radio/tv/internet but also as you noted for folks outside of here to get an idea of the situation.

    I’m seriously pissed off that our sirens are not going off when there is incoming though. For the second time today a rocket was incoming, thankfully taken out by the Iron Dome, but absolutely no warning of approaching danger at all. I was on the phone with my Ema and was like wait, holy shit when there was an unholy boom without any sort of warning.

  3. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    Netanyahu again does not have the strength of character to act to completely eradicate Hamas once and for all. In a few months’ time, Israel will again be in the exact same position with a repeat of the deluge of rockets over Israel. Netanyahu is nothing short of an idiot!! The only one who understands the situation better is Lieberman who is for the complete eradication of Hamas once and for all; unfortunately, he does not have the power to make his wishes reality!

  4. Lynne says :

    I think that Israel needs MORE of the Iron Domes. And, it would be good to keep drones humming about to spot anyone trying to fire rockets at Israel.

    • israeliminx says :

      We will have more coming online but it will be another year. Right now they are still needing to move them about the country. The goal is to have them permanently based so every corner is covered. it is very expensive to use them, $50,000 U.S. for every shot sent to counter an incoming rocket. The Iron Dome has shot down more than 100 rockets in our 5th day of fighting — you see why our taxes are so high here!

  5. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    There seems to be only one Israeli politician so far in Israel who has a brain and make use of it whereas Netanyahu seems to lack one or at least he certainly does not do a good job using his concerning the rockets sent from Gaza for the nth time I could say!!

    Here is an extract of Liberman speaking about the rockets sent from Gaza on “Liberman: Time to Put an End to Hamas’s Rule Over Gaza” at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182812#.U8DRVLGTuf4
    Speaking to Channel 2 News, Liberman noted that Operation Protective Edge is the third IDF operation in Gaza over the past five years, and added that this time it was important “not only to stop the rocket fire now, but to prevent a fourth operation.”

    “I hear the citizens and have been speaking with dozens of them in recent days,” he said. “Everyone says, ‘Go all the way, we have patience, we are prepared to take [rocket fire]’. But we cannot repeat the same script every few months. We need to put an end to this phenomenon.”

    Liberman continued, “Right now we are focused on the goals defined by the Prime Minister, stopping the rocket fire by Hamas and damaging terrorist infrastructure, but you have to understand that there is the next step. Harming terrorism from the air is not enough, because most of the terrorist infrastructure is under schools, medical clinics and multi-story buildings.”

    “If we only achieve a ceasefire, then in another 10-15 months we will be back for another round, and this time Hamas will increase the amount of missiles as well as its tunnel digging,” he stressed.

    • israeliminx says :

      Wipe, folks are feeling rather fond of Lieberman at the moment. It should be noted, however, that he’s been using the very restraint he broke party ranks with Bibi over, as a major positive in his propositions now.

      • Lynne says :

        What is the situation today? Less rocket fire? The same? I hope that the sirens are now working!!

        • israeliminx says :

          The south has been being hit hard but the center left alone until a couple of minutes ago. Sirens went off in Rishon Letzion (think airport) and Rechovot just a few minutes ago but still quiet here.

  6. erin says :

    What have you heard about the attack scheduled for 9 tonight? Apparently they have a new rocket…something 80 that they plan to attack tel aviv with? That’s only 15 minutes from now…

  7. erin says :

    oh never mind..miscalculated the time difference.

    • israeliminx says :

      Oh no, you didn’t. They sent a 5 rocket barrage just when they said they would and sirens sounded left and right, even in Petakh Tikva. The Iron Dome was again a beacon to bow down to and kiss it’s big metal feets.

      • Lynne says :

        Can you all get more Iron Domes? You need them at critical points, and maybe at the airport at all times.

  8. Lynne says :

    I am hoping that it is a quiet night there.

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