...The time has come to stop simply recording these dangerous threats to Israel's security in the ever growing "target bank" and decimate them.
12 March '14..
(While posted by Dr. Lerner last week after the seizure of the Iranian arms ship on its way to drop-off even more sophisticated rockets and weapons, today's firing of more than 60 rockets as of this hour, certainly should place this post back on the table for consideration. Yosef)
Weekly Commentary: Window of Opportunity to Clear Out Gaza Target Bank
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 6 March, 2014
While the seizure of an Iranian arms ship in the Red Sea today by the IDF made an important contribution to the Jewish State's security, there is an ever growing domestic arms industry in Gaza requiring Israel's attention.
The rockets being produced in Gaza today can already reach Tel Aviv and beyond.
With each passing day the range and the payloads of these domestically produced rockets increases.
Keep in mind: these are not particularly accurate weapons, so their effectiveness is very much a function of how many can be launched. And thanks to the "quiet for quiet" arrangement, the Gaza missile production facilities can pretty much run 24/7 without fear of Israeli action.
We now have a window of opportunity to decimate the Gaza arms industry.
#1. Egypt outlawed Hamas this week and a thaw in relations, if ever, is unlikely until after elections are held in Egypt.
#2. Hamas ruled Gaza Strip does not now enjoy the kind of international support that it would after reconciliation with the West Bank PA.
#3. Iran is not yet able to deter Israeli action against the Gaza Strip with threats of a nuclear response.
#4. Events elsewhere would provide Israel the time it needs to carry out an operation before international pressure requires a ceasefire.
The time has come to stop simply recording these dangerous threats to Israel's security in the ever growing "target bank" and decimate them.