Israel avoids 'Cuban missile crisis'
Fox News is reporting, based on an interview with Jonathan Schanzer, that Israel avoided its own Cuban missile crisis
by destroying Hamas' Fajr-5 rockets in Operation Pillar of Defense (Hat Tip: Memeorandum
Rocket attacks from Gaza were commonplace in Israel prior to the
campaign, dubbed "Operation Pillar of Defense," with at least 750
projectiles falling on the area close to the border since January. The
attacks were ratcheted up in early November, which seemed to prompt
Israel's move and the deployment of its vaunted "Iron Dome" defense
system. But behind the scenes, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) had a more
pressing need to launch their intense bombardment on Hamas’ weapons
Israel's elimination of senior Hamas figure Ahmad Jabari as he drove
in broad daylight in Gaza also fits into Schanzer's narrative.
“Ahmad Jabari, along with another major Hamas figure, Mahmoud al
Mabhouhk, [who was assassinated in Dubai in 2010], was a key part of the
procurement network for the Fajr missiles and there is little doubt
that Israel was keen to take out the man responsible,” Schanzer
Schanzer contends that the operation actually began three weeks
earlier, when, on Oct. 23, the Iranian-owned Yarmouk armaments factory
in Sudan - believed to be the assembly plant for the Fajr5 missiles that
have a range of up to 45 miles - was devastated by air strikes for
which the Sudanese government holds Israel responsible. Israel, and for
that matter the U.S., both deny any knowledge of the attack.
Labels: Fajr-5 rockets, Gaza, Hamas, mainstream media, Operation Pillar of Defense