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March 8, 2015 7:52 pm

Hamas Working to Outsmart Iron Dome With Investment in Short Range Missile Production

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Hamas is working on developing short-range rockets to bypass Iron Dome. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

Gaza based terror group Hamas is attempting to bolster its capabilities with shorter range rockets, that have a maximum range of 30 kilometers, in order to bypass Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

Seven months after Operation Protective Edge, the IDF’s Southern Command has concluded that the ongoing rocket trials being carried out by the terrorist organization are not focused on long-range rockets, principally because the Iron Dome system virtually neutralized them in the last engagement between the IDF and Hamas.

“Almost all of the trials being tested out to sea are short-range,” a senior IDF officer told Israel’s NRG news, adding that in recent months there were no long-range tests. “They are now working on improving their short-range rockets. I guess they learned their lessons and understood that Iron Dome will take down their long-range rockets. In fact, it has even become more difficult for them to smuggle these weapons into the Gaza Strip, since the tunnels and the Philadelphi Corridor are almost completely closed.”

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The IDF is monitoring Hamas’ rocket experiments in order to gather intelligence, as well as develop knowledge on the progress of Hamas’ capabilities, and to see whether new rockets are being smuggled into Gaza or whether the production has become more domestic. The officer said that “so far, nothing new has happened, and almost all of the tests are short-range. The trials do not occur every day, but only once in a while. They may occur one after the other for a three day period, and then the next week there will be no tests at all. There are no special developments there.”

Southern Command also noted the quiet that has overtaken the border in recent months. Except for a few minor attempts at illegal border crossings, and the two recorded incidents of rockets being fired into Israel – in contrast with the days after Pillar of Defense where 10 months passed without incident – the border with Gaza is generally quiet.

However, the officials say, that does not mean that a blind eye can be turned to Hamas, which has already publicized that it has returned to building up the strengths of its forces in anticipation of the next battle with Israel. Israeli monitoring of developments in the Strip reveal that Hamas is up to much of its old habits, like digging tunnels and building rockets launchers. At least according to the surveillance and information available to Military Intelligence, there have been no new developments.

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  • O Israel, Don’t hesitate God is the Mighty Power. We must surender in God. We must pray and pray for blessing of God to save Israel, to save human being from terorist (Hamas).

  • American

    Iron Dome is a scam. It supposedly has only 5% interception rate. It is a waste of money and resources.

    • zadimel

      The Iron Dome anti-missile system is very effective against long range rockets and somewhat effective against shorter range rockets. But the Jewish State is hardly slowing down in its efforts to improve the Iron Dome system and other defensive systems. The short range defense developments continue and do not be surprised, when news of effective measures are announced soon.

    • Neil

      Are you brain dead. The ‘Iron Dome’ had a nearly 90% kill ratio. It works very well.

      • American

        No, experts concluded that it has 5% success rate. 🙂

    • Stephen Franklin
      • Stephen Franklin

        Just to be clear, I mean that the video shows Iron Dome knocking out a large number of missiles being fired in a barrage at Israel from Gaza in July 2014.

        • American

          The IDF refuses to release video “evidence” they claim supports their claims. Until they do, Iron Dome is a scam. 🙂

  • VictorMc

    Turn Gaza back to the dark ages and into dust and camels. Overdue…
    I know Israel are helping with water and electricity but that is stupid as those resources will only be used against Israel by the terrorists Hamas/other mobs or filth. The decent man in the Gaza street is scared of reprisals from the terrorists….wouldn’t you be?

  • Wake-up world to the real Muslim mission.
    Israel has no choice but to continue to fight for its survival with a unified people and a unified nation.
    I have long said, this is not about land, but extermination of a nation, religion and culture which is not accepted by another. I have actually asked the question, what if there was no ‘holy land’. Say a natural disaster, dissolving the place into nothing, but not the people. Would the Arabs still fight? Well, the answer was chilling and emphatic, it saddened me greatly. The answer was over and over, “we have the right to kill all non believers”. I have read and re-read everything, from both sides, also, many non-biased writings.
    I have come to the conclusion that Israel must protect herself in every way possible or face genocide. The Arab countries have expelled over a million Jewish people, confiscated all their assets, businesses, homes and land totaling over 120,000 sq. km. – 46,000 sq. miles (which is 5-6 times the size of Israel) and valued in the trillions of dollars.
    Those in power in the Arab-Palestinian leadership have rejected again and again any and all attempts to recognize Israel’s right to exist. They continue to teach their children and the masses to exercise terror, hate and violence.
    Don’t start with who was there first, even-though in actuality there has never been in history an Arab-Palestinian Nation, but there has been a Jewish Nation homeland in Palestine-Israel for the past 4,000 plus years, although sometimes occupied by various empires. Israel has won and liberated their ancestral land in a defensive war, it is known that possession is nine tenths of the law. Israel is the rightful liberator and successor, having won and liberated its ancestral homeland in war, numerous times. Sadly, it will continue, because when one Arab culture wants another’s elimination, there is no talking.
    I hope Israel does not concede to any of the Arab demands, or give up any more land, because they will only make themselves more vulnerable and endanger the safety and security of its citizens. Israel must not capitulate to world pressure. Israel’s foremost duty and obligation is the safety and security of its citizens at all costs. Any responsible democratic country will do no less. Israel as a responsible democratic country must do the same. The end result will be that the world at large will respect a country that defends its people from harm and terrorism at all cost.
    .
    The Muslim mission in the world is not only Israel but the rest of the infidel non-believers. Might I remind you, on 911, there was Arab terrorists who wished our extermination, right here in America. This will continue until education and humanity replaces a hatred, for no other reason, than to not accept that you exist.
    The Muslims have killed over 100 million people since its inception 1500 years ago, and they will continue to kill anyone who they consider is an infidel. They have colonized the Middle East over the years. Slowly but surely they are taking over Europe, and if we are not careful they will take over the United States and other countries.
    YJ Draiman

    • Jack

      While cogent of history past, it is the future you must embrace.
      The reason for the rancorous bellicosity of the Palestinian is that they are powerless to stop the outcomes that are inevitable, Israel being just one of these results.
      The fevered zealotry of today’s fundamentalist will be ancient history to our children’s children.
      The challenges and outcomes of today will impact them, but environmental destruction will cause far greater upheaval than the creation of Israel.
      Ironically, sadly, the technologies and ways of implementation are beyond most Middle Eastern nations.
      Egypt can not feed itself and is going broke importing food stuffs. Even with the downfall of Morsi and the MB the painful reconstruction necessary will be beyond Egyptians alone.
      The only people in the region to have success at nation building are the Israeli’s.
      They are food sufficient.
      Gaza used to produce enough food to feed all the Gazans and a lot of Israeli’s too.
      Israel gave control back to the Gazans, (read Hamas), and harvest rockets instead.
      No sir, Islam, like Christianity and Judaism, must subject itself to reform.
      For Islam to not do so will cause it more harm than it will ever cause the world.
      Look at the results of their recalcitrance to date.

    • Angela Amor

      I AM 100 % WITH YOU. WE WHO KNOW THESE PEOPLE KNOW BETTER THAN LIBERALISTS WHO THINK THEY ARE POLITICALLY RIGHT. THE TIME WILL COME WHEN CONTINUING WITH THIS KIND OF MENTALITY, THEY WONT HAVE THEIR HEADS SITTING ON THEIR SHOULDERS.

  • muerto el perro muerta la rabia, muerta hamas muerta la rabia

    • Jack

      Poetry en espaniol, gracias!
      Reads well too!

  • Efram

    If you know they are building tunnels, why are you not destroying them?

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Why doesn’t the IDF destroy these missiles? Do we have to wait for the next war to start and the new tunnels to be discovered.

    They should be make to be terrified of the IDF and Israel.

    Instead they breed like rats, get food, shelter and health care at the expense of the American people through UNRWA and have no intention of ever assimilating their people to become decent hard working people but continue their hatred of the Jews and of Israel.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    It’s a terrible shame that rather than having been destroyed, Hamas has been left to live and fight another day.

  • Leo Toystory

    If the Israelis won’t take care of the Palestinkians then maybe somebody else will. It wouldn’t be that hard.

  • Stephen Franklin
  • Anthony dayton

    If there is a war, Israel will once again be accused of war crimes, and the world will pity the Gazan people. So this would be the time for the world to show true compassion for them by preventing Hamas from preparing to wage war. If you let them arm with the purpose of destroying Israel, then you are guilty of the outcome.

    • Angela Amor

      YES, i AGREE…TO BE CRUEL IS TO BE KIND TO YOUR OWN PEOPLE ISRAEL. STOP HELPING THE GAZANS BECOZ THE HAMAS WILL FEED ON THE RESOURCES YOU WILL BE FEEDING ON THEM. LEAVE THOSE RESOURCES FOR YOUR OWN PEOPLE. MAYBE THE LEAGUE OF ARAB NATIONS OR THE UN WILL BE TOTALLY FORCED TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. LEAVE THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO UN SPECIALLY WHEN IT OFTEN CONDEMNS ISRAEL. IT DOESNT APPRECIATE ISRAEL’S HUMANITARIAN AID TO GAZA BUT IS ALWAYS READY TO CONDEMN YOU INSTEAD. GIVE UN A DOZE OF ITS OWN MEDICINES. DOES UN GIVE HUMANITARIAN AID TO YOUR HOLOCAUSTS VICTIMS? OR TO THE ISRAEL FAMILIES OF SUICIDE BOMBERS OR KIDNAPPINGS?

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