Preparing for conflict soon? New
Iranian missiles for Gaza, Syria tops up Hizballah's
Iran is making a huge effort
to smuggle to the Palestinian Hamas Fajr-5
ground-to-ground rockets that bring Tel Aviv within range
of the Gaza Strip. DEBKAfile's military sources also
disclose that Syria, Iran's second ally with an Israeli
border, has decided to transfer one-third of its missile
stockpile to the Hizballah in Lebanon, topping up its
arsenal with medium-range rockets that can cover central
as well as northern Israel, which was heavily blitzed in
the 2006 war.
Israel's top strategists are studying these massive missile
transfers to hostile entities to find answers to a number of
1. Syria has destined some 250 surface missiles of its
stockpile of 800 for Hizballah. Are they Scuds B, C and D whose
ranges exceed 800 kilometers, or Iranian-Syrian made
projectiles whose range is shorter?
2. Do the transfers mean Iran and its allies are gearing up for
a major Middle East conflict in the months ahead, possibly in
3. Will Syria hand over to Hizballah some of its
4. Will some batteries be installed atop the mountain ranges
running down central Lebanon, together with air defense systems
supplied at the same time by Syria?
Israel is particularly concerned by the Lebanese Druze leader
Walid Jumblatt's recent decision to turn coat against the
pro-Western camp led by Saad Hariri in favor of deals with
Tehran and Damascus.
Incorporated in these under-the-counter deals are secret
military clauses which permit Hizballah to deploy its missiles
on highlands of his Druze fief. Israel would think twice at
least before attacking areas populated by Druze villages.
In the south, Iran's Revolutionary Guards terrorist arm, the Al
Qods Brigades, its bending all its smuggling resources to
getting the Fajr-5 missiles into the Gaza Strip, thereby
extending Hamas' rocket range to 75 kilometers and central
According to our intelligence sources, the rockets are
traveling by sea from Iran to Hamas training bases in Sudan,
dismantled into 8-10 segments , transported to the northern
shores of the Gulf of Suez and unloaded in Sinai. From there
the segments move through tunnels into the Gaza Strip.
Military sources wonder what the Netanyahu government is doing
to halt the missile stranglehold tightening around Israel.
Nothing is apparent as yet.