Israel weighs options against growing rocket threat from Sinai (WORLD TRIBUNE) TEL AVIV, ISRAEL 04/17/12)
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TEL AVIV — The Israeli military has been assigned to propose
short-term measures to counter rocket attacks on its southern port.
Military sources said the General Staff has ordered an examination of
options that would protect the southern port of Eilat from rocket
from neighboring Egypt.
The sources said the military has assessed that Hamas and
Iranian-sponsored proxies would accelerate attacks on Eilat from the
Sinai Peninsula in an effort to destroy the Israeli-Egyptian peace
“We will strike at those responsible for firing toward Eilat and
attempting to harm Israeli citizens,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud
Barak said. “There will be no compromises on this matter.”
The sources said the military’s Home Front Command has drafted a set
of options to improve the defense of Eilat, a community of 30,000.
They said the recommendations included the deployment of a missile
warning network in the city as well as bringing an Iron Dome missile
and rocket defense system.
“Right now, we have very limited options because the terrorists are
hiding in Egypt, where they feel very safe,” a military source said.
The sources said the military regime in Cairo has done little to stop
the growing rocket threat in Sinai, the latest strike of which took
April 4. They said Hamas and other movements have recruited hundreds
Bedouins to attack the Eilat area.
“Our cooperation with the Egyptians is seasonal,” Lt. Col. Yoav Tilan,
who commander a border combat unit, said. “It depends on how much
to govern Sinai.”
Israeli military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said the
military foiled more than 10 attacks from Sinai since February 2012.
did not elaborate but said the peninsula would be used for additional
“Terror organizations are strengthening their hold on the Sinai
Peninsula,” Kochavi said. “The Middle East, the place where the pace
armament is already the fastest in the world, is dramatically
So far, the military has brought a range of armored combat vehicles to
the Eilat area to stop fighters from Sinai. The vehicles included the
armored personnel carrier as well as the armored U.S.-origin Hummers
equipped with the Remote-Controlled Weapons Station, developed by
Advanced Defense Systems. (Copyright © 2012 East West Services, Inc.
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