Oh yeah and then there's the SURVIVABILITY of the rocket crews/launchers.<quoted text>
Correction: "If not for IAF taking out 95% of the Fajr-3, FAJR-5 and IIRC even a few Zelzal rockets..."
Fajr-3 is mean, but Fajr-5 and Zelzal that's some bad-ass rocketry -- in the context of a terror group targetting city centers, that is. Then again, I never liked the idea of dismissevely referring to Hezbollah or HAMAS as jihadi gangs; that kind of complacent disregard is what led to 2LW. In fact pound-for-pound they are better armed for urban/guerilla warfare than most regular armies! And unlike other conventional armies, these 'roided-up Islamic DON'T play by the rules, honour, Geneva Conventions or all the other fancy infidel trappings....They've turned the whole "human shield" phenomenon into an art-form -- and far from feeling ashamed of hiding behind their own women & children, they BOAST about it. Sick, sick, sick.
Anywho. Qassams filled with nails, ball-bearings dipped in AIDS patient bodily fluids... is one thing. Few 100's dollars. Some of the extended-range Chinese Grads price can run into the 1,000s -- especially now that Sinai bedouin smugglers are feeling the heat from Obama/Clinton/Morsi guarantees and less tunnels-available for the next few months. And considering that because of Iron Dome, you need a lot of them for barrages; plus building new underground launchers, with fairly expensive timing/targetting equipment.... the whole cost equation is beginning to shift. Compared to the cheap Qassam days, anyway....
Then figure in the billion+ dollar costs of rebuilding Gaza, all kinds of infrastructure, terror or otherwise......and the overall cost per-fire shoots up dramatically.
And then there are the Fajr-3, Fajr-5 and Zelzal. Much harder to replenish, MUCH more expensive when you fihure in the "passage & re-assembly" costs.
Especially now that aformentioned tragic head-on car accident in Sudan that prematurely ended the lives of Factor and Storage Depot....
It used to be that a few of them had to be trained, and it cost much less for equipment itself & the "talent turn-over" was much less. Same rocket commanders could survive literally for years.
Now, Iron Dome not only takes care of the more dangerous trajectory, but its mini-MMR PINPOINTS in real-time the location of the rocket-crew and/or launcher. So not only are PIJ, Hamas, PRC, PFLP and Co are starting to run short on their best people, the job itself is becoming almost a suicide mission!
First of all, despite their fiery rhetoric & posturing, MOST jihadi leaders are in no hurry to be martyred. Fact. Secondly, even the volunteers who actually might be willing to put their life where their mouth is when it comes to blowing up Israelis in, say, a bus or cafe where a jihadi is assured of if not killing then certainly maiming at least 1 Ebbyl Juice or 2 little Ebbyl Juiceling....... But when it comes to firing rockets that prbably won't even get off the ground or will miss target or intercepted, even a suicidally-leaning Islamofascist might start to ask himself inconvenient question "Is it really worth it? Where's the punch-line, boss?!"
IMO, Amud Anan wasn't so much about shutting Hamas up -- you know, even if Hudna was reached with Hamas, Iran will never allow Islamic Jihad or PRC to remain silent for long, nevermind the smaller al-Qaeda affiliates popping up all over Gaza, they don't take orders from anybody.... I am on the side of those who think it was just a glorified exercise or prelude that addressed longer-range rockets & various Iraninan C4I infrastructure... ahead of somrthing else.