In the midst of massive protests in occupied East Jerusalem in May, the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, fired bursts of rockets at major cities in Israel, which rushed to respond, leading to an 11-day blitzkrieg.
In total, about 4,400 rockets were launched towards Israeli territory from the Palestinian sector, i.e. a faster rate compared to the last war that took place in 2006 with Hezbollah, when a similar number of rockets were launched from Lebanese territory, but within a month, according to the Israeli army.
The Iron Dome system deployed by Israel about a decade ago intercepted most of the rockets fired in May from Gaza, while about 300 rockets landed in populated areas in Israel.
Israeli General Uri Gordin said in an interview with AFP that cities such as Tel Aviv and Ashdod in the south were targeted with “the largest number of missiles” ever since the establishment of the Jewish state.
Gordin, who is the commander of the Israeli home front, continued: “In the event of a conflict or war with Hezbollah, we expect that at least five times this number of rockets will be launched daily from Lebanon towards Israel.”
And the Israeli home front, which was formed in 1992 after the first Gulf War, is charged with defending Israel, that is, it is responsible for preparing the country to face threats, conflicts and disasters.
In 2006, the Home Front Command was criticized for its response to the war with the Lebanese Hezbollah, which left more than 1,200 dead on the Lebanese side and 160 on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.
This war constituted a “warning bell” for the Home Front Command, which has since reinforced the liaison units that are now deployed in 250 Israeli municipalities in order to provide relief in the event of attacks, according to Gordin, who was speaking in the control room of the front’s headquarters in Ramle, near Tel Aviv.
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Based on informational projections, his team can predict the trajectory of a missile from the moment it is launched. He is quick to call the residents within the specified range to go down to the shelters to take cover and inform the police, firefighters and ambulance personnel.
“This allowed us to intervene (on the ground) within less than five minutes of each attack” in the recent war with Hamas, Gordin said, noting preparations are underway for possible clashes on the border with Lebanon.
For his part, an Israeli security source stressed in a separate interview with AFP that the Israeli army wants “stability” in Lebanon, but considered that Hezbollah is “a source of instability … exploiting state resources to serve the interests of the Iranians.”
The source pointed out that Iran, an ally of Hezbollah, is “closer than ever before to producing the fissile material needed to make nuclear weapons,” but it still needs two years to reach the production of a bomb, reiterating the timetable that Israeli officials had previously announced on this. Upper Egypt.
The Hebrew state, which is openly opposed to the international agreement concluded with Iran on its nuclear program in 2015, can agree to a new agreement if it guarantees that Tehran does not acquire a nuclear bomb, according to Israeli officials, while Washington, Israel’s largest ally, seeks to push Iran to return to the table negotiations.
If this fails, Israel could resort to a military option against Tehran, according to the Israeli Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs, Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid.