The IDF is concerned that Hamas will seek to attack transportation infrastructures in southern Israel. It is therefore advises protecting the Tel Aviv-Beersheva railway.
The IDF believes that, despite the flare-up along the Gaza Strip border in the past few days, Hamas does not want an immediate escalation. Defense officials nevertheless warn that if current conditions continue, "another confrontation in the Gaza Strip can be expected, and the IDF will intensify its response to continued rocket and mortar fire."
In view of the heightened concerns that Hamas will try to fire improved rockets toward infrastructures and population centers, the construction of the section of Western Negev railway line near the border is being coordinated with defense needs.
IDF officers are meeting contractors to discuss solutions, including tunnels, protective walls, and vegetation to protect trains.
Yesterday, Israel's Ambassador to the UN Miron Reuven sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the Security Council to protest the increased rocket fire from Gaza in the past few days. He said that Israel will hold the Hamas regime in Gaza fully responsible for the rocket fire.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on December 22, 2010
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