Israel concerned over Iran renewing efforts to supply weaponry to Hamas

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 17:15 [IST]

Jerusalem, Jan.20 (ANI): Iran has renewed efforts to supply advanced weaponry to Hamas, even as the Israel Defence Force (IDF) has expressed concern over the terror group trying to smuggle long-range Fajr missiles into the Gaza Strip.

According to the latest intelligence assessments, Iran, which was responsible for writing Hamas's military doctrine, has already launched an internal probe to determine how the plan it had created for Hamas failed to cause more IDF casualties.According to the Jerusalem Post, the military plan created by the Iranians was based on three pillars:

The first was the defensive measures that Hamas had created in Gaza, which included dozens of kilometers of tunnels and thousands of roadside bombs and booby-trapped homes.

The second pillar was rocket attacks against the home front. Here too, Hamas failed to fire rockets farther than 40 kilometers, even though it had planned to.

The third pillar was creating a "victory image" in the form of a burned-out tank or the abduction of an IDF soldier.

The IDF is concerned that Hamas and Iran will try to smuggle long-range Fajr missiles into the Gaza Strip. Fajr missiles, manufactured in Iran, have a range of 70 km. and if fired from Gaza would easily reach Tel Aviv.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was quoted by the paper as saying that renewed weapons smuggling would be legitimate grounds for Israel to renew attacks against Hamas. (ANI)

 

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