ISRAEL - Hamas Develops High-Powered Rocket

Arno Froese

According to the report, in the event of a future conflict between Israel and Hamas, the new rocket would have the most effect on the Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip.

Weapons smuggling into the Hamas-run enclave from the Sinai Peninsula has decreased due to the group’s efforts to improve ties with Egypt, leading Hamas to invest in producing its own rockets. Hamas has boasted of its growing arsenal, testing its stockpile on an almost regular basis since the conclusion of 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.

During the war, 4,594 rockets were fired from the Strip toward Israel. Near the end of the conflict, Hamas focused on short-range mortar fire with deadly results, killing both soldiers and civilians who had little or no warning of incoming projectiles.

In the event of a future war, the IDF’s Home Front Command has a contingency plan to evacuate residents who live in border communities.

“We are prepared for every scenario and if we need to evacuate, we will evacuate,” Ashkelon Coast Regional Council head Yair Farjoun told Army Radio in response to the report. “Civilians do not need to be on the front lines.”

During Operation Protective Edge, Israel relied on the Iron Dome system to intercept rockets.

The recent addition of the David’s Sling missile-defense system will provide Israel with a comprehensive protective umbrella able to counter threats posed by both short- and mid-range missiles used by terrorist groups in Gaza.

-www.jpost.com, 28 March 2017

Arno's commentary

Only Israel is not allowed to win a war, subdue the enemy, and dictate the terms of surrender. Hamas does not recognize the state of Israel; they call Israel a terrorist state occupying Arab land, although Hamas itself is officially identified as a terrorist organization by a number of nations.

Hamas has learned to produce short-range rockets able to carry heavy explosive loads. Thus, again Israel has to counter such threats; in doing so, they are developing the world’s most sophisticated missile defense system, with constant improvements being made.

All of Israel’s problems will change in the future, based on the prophecy of Zechariah the priest: “To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79). The Gentiles, who are in darkness, will finally see the light, and then Israel will have peace.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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