50,000 terrorist rockets aimed at Israel

Sunday, March 15, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

There are currently no fewer than 50,000 terrorist rockets and medium-range missiles aimed at Israel, according to an investigative report by United Press International.

Most of those missiles are deployed across southern Lebanon, and aimed at the major population centers of northern Israel.

But thousands of rockets also remain stockpiled and ready for use in the Gaza Strip, and the recent war there showed Gaza-based Palestinians are able to threaten up to 1 million Israeli civilians.

The number of weapons pointed at the Jewish state marks a considerable increase over just a few years ago, when Israel halted its war on Hizballah in Lebanon based on a UN ceasefire that promised the terror groups weapons would be removed or eliminated.

Israel also turned the Gaza Strip wholly over to the Palestinians in 2005 based on a US-guaranteed understanding that arms smuggling into the territory would be prevented.

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