Israel Surveys New Reality of Tunnels and Terror

(New York Times) Isabel Kershner - As Israel's military commanders watch the terrorism, violence and chaos beyond the country's borders, it is clear that nonstate actors with sophisticated weapons have replaced the threat from Arab armies. Given its lack of strategic depth, the Israeli military is investing in fences, surveillance and reconnaissance devices. Most of the villages across the border in Syria are in the hands of jihadist rebels fighting the Assad government. In neighboring Lebanon, Hizbullah has amassed tens of thousands of increasingly accurate rockets. Across Israel's southern border, the Islamic State is battling Egyptian forces in the Sinai Peninsula. And Hamas in Gaza boasted recently that it was rebuilding the tunnels toward Israeli border communities.

2016-02-12 00:00:00

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