Hamas has been rapidly increasing its rocket tests this week as it prepares for more aggression against the State of Israel, according to Israel’s 0404 News on Thursday. At the same time, Israel is hardening its newly implemented, medium-range defense shield, known as David’s Sling, to better protect its citizens from future attacks.
“We follow every movement of Hamas. The organization is trying to rebuild its status and condition after getting hit hard during [Operation] Protective Edge,” a military source told 0404, according to Israel’s The Algemeiner.
In Israel’s 50-day war with Hamas this summer, the IDF destroyed an estimated 80 percent of the terror group’s rocket arsenal, according to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. It appears as if Hamas has used the time following the war to again rebuild its rocket infrastructure, hoping to do what its charter demands: destroy the State of Israel.
Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV proudly aired footage showing Gazans manufacturing rockets for the terror outfit. “The continuation of the production of rockets during the fighting is a message we give to our allies and enemies,” declared Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.
A man working on building the rockets added, “Your futile leadership claimed they destroyed our missile potency, but our manufacturers continue to produce missiles and send them to the field.”
Israel, on the other hand, is finalizing stages for the deployment of its mid-range defense shield, known as David’s Sling, or “Magic Wand” in Hebrew.
The Algemeiner described how the new defense system works to protect Israel’s civilians against serious threats: “The two-stage radar and electro-optic guided system has a 70-300 kilometer range, three times that of Iron Dome, which reaches 75 kilometers, and is meant to respond to threats such as aircraft and missiles, and, at a later stage will be converted to intercept cruise missiles.”