Palestinian rocket launchers in Gaza. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.
(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) More than seven months after Operation
Pillar of Defense ended, Army Radio
reported on Monday that Hamas’s weapons capabilities are returning to levels
they were at before the conflict last November. The report specifically
mentioned Hamas’s production of M75 eight-inch rockets, which can reach Tel Aviv
and other cities in Israel’s heavily populated central region.
Meanwhile, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff
Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, speaking at a joint conference of the Defense Ministry
and Manufacturers Association of Israel on Monday, he cautioned about Hamas’s weapons
“Armament hasn’t stopped completely [since
Operation Pillar of Defense], between smuggling which has been limited
slightly, and independent production, which is becoming more advanced,” Gantz