A senior Israeli intelligence official
said Hamas has rockets with a range of 80 kilometers (50 miles), putting
the coastal metropolis of Tel Aviv within range of its launchers.
official blames Egypt, saying it is not doing enough to stem smuggling
through a network of tunnels along the relatively short border between
its Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip. The official said most of the
tunnels were concentrated in an area no longer than 2.5 miles (4
"Egypt can stop all this smuggling of weapons within
24 hours if they want to do it," the official said Sunday, speaking on
condition of anonymity under Israeli security regulations.
The official said, however, that intelligence cooperation with Egypt was otherwise effective.