Rocket strikes southern Israel, no casualties reported - 18 March 2017
A rocket fired by Arabs in Gaza slammed into southern Israel on Saturday, prompting retaliatory Israeli air and tank strikes, sources on both sides said. The Israeli army said the rocket hit an open area near Ashkelon. “No casualties have been reported,” it said. “In response, a tank and aircraft targeted two Hamas positions in the northern Gaza Strip.” A Gaza source said an Israeli aircraft attacked a Hamas military training facility north of Gaza City and IDF tank fire targeted a Hamas observation post adjacent to Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, close to the border with Israel. They reported no casualties. Though not all missiles are fired by Hamas, as there are a number of other terrorist groups with access to rockets in Gaza, Israel insists that Hamas is in full control of the region and considers it officially responsible for all rockets fired at Israel from within Gaza.
'It is very likely that Hezbollah has dug tunnels into Israel' - 14 March 2017
Geologist Yossi Langotsky, former adviser to the IDF Chief Staff on the issue of the tunnel threat, told Arutz Sheva that he is very worried about the possibility of a new front in northern Israel which, he says, may include tunnels that Israel’s enemies intend to use to infiltrate Israel and carry out terror attacks against Israelis. “As I warned in the past, there is a high probability that Hezbollah has dug tunnels into our borders. Unfortunately, despite all that I said in the past, nothing was done about this. The rock in the north is supposed to be [hard], but believe me that it’s not harder that the granite in North Korea, and the North Koreans, who are involved here in the Middle East, have dug four attack tunnels into South Korea. Tunnels like that from southern Lebanon to Israel can be very unpleasant for us.” Langotsky asserted that, despite his warnings over the years, the Army ignored what he had to say. “I worried in particular after [Operation] Protective Edge, because not a single military committee called me to ask my opinion on this matter. Maybe, because they were so angry at me for badgering them with warnings over the years, they turned me into an enemy of the state. The State Comptroller received over 100 documents from me in which I laid out my suggestions for the defense establishment, including the establishment of an underground system which, in all probability, would have discovered most of the tunnels in Protective Edge and changed the tide of the war - and all that, unfortunately, didn’t go into the State Comptroller’s report. That was a big mistake.”