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News a Citizen of Israel Does Not Like to Hear

Israel’s policy of not treating the conflict with the palestinians as a war to be won is paying dividends.

For the terrorists.

The Islamic Jihad terror group has recently began manufacturing rockets capable of reaching a 12.5-mile range, similar to the Grad rockets already in use by terror organizations in Gaza.

The new rockets are armed with a much deadlier warhead that carries double the amount of explosives compared to the regular Qassams, the IDF has recently learned.

According to army data, the terror groups have made use of the new rocket at least three times since the IDF’s Warm Summer Operation in Gaza concluded.

Regular Qassam rockets carry about 11 lbs of explosives and have a 4.5 inch caliber, while the new ones can carry up to 22 lbs of explosives and have a 6.5 caliber. The new rockets are also more accurate and sophisticated and are made out of lighter materials.

The IDF also learned that the armed groups in Gaza have recently obtained two new types of Iranian-made 4.7 inch caliber mortar shells: The first is equipped with an auxiliary engine and can travel up to 6.2 miles, while the other can reach a distance of 3.7 miles.

According to security officials, the new rocket indicates that the terror groups in Gaza have increased their efforts to develop new weapons and that they have been receiving help from agents outside the Strip.

“The fact that they are able to produce their own long-range rockets…is disturbing and worrying,” an army official said.

“There is no doubt that the smuggling of arms through the Philadelphi route and the breached border in the area are a significant weak spot and a major channel for terrorists. As time passes, the terror organizations will continue to become more established and sophisticated,” he warned.

This is why we need(ed) to defeat the terrorists and disarm them, rather than negotiate with them.

The same applies to the terrorists in the north, where the situation is even more worrying.

With Iranian backing, Hezbollah guerrillas have dramatically increased their rocket range and now threaten most of Israel, according to senior Israeli defense officials.

The Lebanon-based militant group has acquired new Iranian rockets with a range of around 300 kilometers (185 miles), the officials said. That means the guerrillas can strike anywhere in Israel’s heavily populated center and reach as far south as Dimona, where Israel’s nuclear reactor is located (notice how AP is reporting this as fact, despite the fact Israel won’t confirm or deny it – ed)

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge the confidential intelligence assessment to the media (so why are they divulging it to the media, and thus giving the terrorists information? – ed).

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Israel says that since the war Hezbollah’s Iranian and Syrian patrons have steadily provided the group with large amounts of rockets, many of them capable of hitting central Israel. However, it has not provided any of the evidence for its claims.

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The defense officials did not say how many of the new rockets Hezbollah has obtained. But Israeli officials have said that overall, Hezbollah now has many more rockets in its arsenal than the 14,000 it had before the conflict – likely more than double that number.

Given this assessment and Hizbullah’s recent rhetoric against Israel, I have little doubt they will be attacking us this year. I only hope Israeli lives are not lost, and we are willing to rub the terrorists out once and for all.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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