‘170,000 rockets threaten Israel’ reports IDF intel chief


IDF’s Intelligence Chief Aviv Kochavi reports that although the number of missiles aimed at Israel have decreased, their lethality & accuracy has been dramatically improved.

By Shahar Chai

Sometimes, less is more: Military Intelligence Chief Brigadier General Aviv Kochavi said Wednesday that despite a drop in the number of missiles and rockets threatening Israel, their level of precision has drastically risen.

“Some 170,000 rockets and missiles are threatening the State of Israel from all regions. Up until recently, the number was much greater and it has decreased, but it will go up again.

“They are much more precise and a lot more lethal. The most significant thing we would like to point out is the fact that the enemy has the capability to land mass amounts of arms on Israeli cities,” he said.

Addressing the issue of nuclear Iran, Kochavi noted that the Islamic republic “continues in a manner that allows for, if a decision is made, advancement and developing a bomb. At the same time, we are still facing conventional threat and still have the need to establish our power against militaries. They may not be in the highest level of competence over the past years, but they can regain it.

“There are also many terror groups, including semi-military terror groups. We can’t keep referring to Hezbollah as a terror group in the simple sense of the term – an organization that possesses more than a 100,000 rockets, including hundreds of different kinds of advanced antitank missiles, advanced mortar shells can no longer be a referred to as a terror group in the simple sense of the term. And the same goes for Hamas .”


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