Hamas has succeeded in regaining some of its capabilities which Israel wiped out in last year's Operation Pillar of Defense
and has rockets capable of targeting the Gush Dan region of central
Israel in which Tel Aviv is located, Army Radio reported on Monday.
According to the report, Hamas has regained the ability to produce advanced M-75 rockets which can reach Gush Dan.
Hamas succeeded in firing a number of the M-75-type medium-range projectiles at Tel Aviv and greater Jerusalem
during the eight-day, Operation Pillar of Defense in November.
More recently an M-75 landed south of Ashkelon
in February. Hamas referred to the M-75 as "an improved Kassam" upon first using it during Operation Pillar of Defense.
IAF targeted long-range rockets, and rocket launchers belonging to
Hamas and Islamic Jihad at the onset of last year's Gaza operation. The
IAF's first goal was to destroy stockpiles of long-range rockets such as
the Fajr-5 and other rockets capable of striking Tel Aviv from Gaza.
The IDF said at the time that it believed it had eliminated the majority of the long-range threat.
Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz addressed the current state of the
Gaza front on Monday, stating that the Strip "is relatively quiet after
Operation Pillar of Defense - there is a very high level of deterrence."
added, however, that terror groups in the coastal territory had not
stopped adding to their abilities through smuggling tunnels and through
the production of their own weapons which he said was becoming "more and
more advanced."Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.