An Israeli website known for its close links to the regimeâ€™s military intelligence services has admitted that the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas is now possessing â€śgame-changingâ€ť missiles that could hit targets in Israel with considerable ease and precision.
The Debka file said, in a report on Saturday, that its sources had identified the type of modern missiles used by Hamas in recent attacks on the Israeli-occupied territories that inflicted considerable damage and casualties on the regime and forced the Israeli government to accept a ceasefire with the Palestinians.
It said, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that the missiles were of the 333mm-caliber type and had a medium range of 11 kilometers. The report added that the missiles were capable of destroying Israelâ€™s â€śartillery emplacements, Iron Dome batteries, armored force concentrations â€“ whether over ground or in trenches, as well as combat engineering equipment and command centersâ€ť.
â€śIt is not launched from stationary batteries, but from any combat 4Ă—4 vehicle or jeep, each of which carries two rockets,â€ť said the report, adding that the main advantage of the missiles was its mobility which allowed Hamas to fire them from any area in the Gaza Strip without Israeli radars noticing them.
The report came just days after Israelis signed into a ceasefire with Hamas, when a barrage of resistance missile attacks on southern occupied territories killed one and injured more than 80 Israelis.
The Israeli government decision to accept the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, prompted its Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman, toÂ resign. Hamas called the resignation, which could bring about early elections in the occupied lands, asÂ â€śan admission of defeatâ€ťÂ and a â€śpolitical victoryâ€ť for the Palestinian resistance.
Lieberman said, after resigning from the Israeli cabinet, that Hamas was on its way to becoming a serious threat to Israel, saying that, in a year’s time, the group and its partner in Gaza, the Islamic Jihad Movement, would reach the military prowess of Hezbollah, the dominant resistance movement in Lebanon which has successfully defended the small country against Israeli aggression, in the past.
The Debka file report about Hamas missiles also came hours after Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, warned IsraelÂ not to testÂ the resistance group again.
â€śI advise Israel not to try and test us again. This time you did not have a lot of casualties and you managed to rescue your special forces,â€ť said Sinwar, at a memorial service for the Palestinians killed in recent confrontations.
â€śWhoever tests Gaza will find only death and poison. Our missiles are more precise, have a greater range and carry more explosives than in the past,â€ť said Sinwar, adding, â€śOur hands are on the trigger and our eyes are open.â€ť
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.