Shin Beit chief Yuval Diskin warns Palestinians now possess Grad missiles with range of 30km and Strela SA-8 anti-air missiles. They fully intend to keep up missile and terror attacks against Israel
debkafile‘s military sources: These missiles substantially upgrade the Palestinian terrorist armory and ability to hit targets deep inside Israel. It is a light artillery weapon, standard in most of the world’s armies, rather than a terrorist resource. The Grad deliveries were made via northern Sinai without Egyptian interference. The 30km range cited by the Shin Beit director refers to as the crow flies. Launched from northern Gaza, the Russian Grads extend the Palestinian range as far as the big Israeli port of Ashdod north of Ashkelon, and Gedera and Kiryat Gat in the south. Their presence in the Gaza Strip in the hands of Fatah-al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades exposes the military Blue Skies security zone enforced this week in northern Gaza to stall the Qassam barrage as more of a device to calm the public than an effective operational counter-measure. It has certainly not halted the Qassam offensive. Ten missiles were fired from Gaza Tuesday, Jan. 3.
In his briefing to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee Tuesday, Diskin also warned that an election draw for Hamas, let alone victory, would mean deep trouble for Israel.