Gaza conflict 'phase one' of Israeli showdown with Iran?
Jennifer Griffin reports
- Duration 2:35
- Date Nov 19, 2012
Jennifer Griffin reports
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We're going to look tonight at some of the reasons Israel is striking back against Gaza so furiously right now.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin puts the story in perspective.
It doesn't conflict may be phase one as Israel prepares for a possible military strike against Iran's nuclear program.
Conventional wisdom has long been that Iran if hit would strike back at Israel using Hamas and Hezbollah the rants proxy forces.
Our problem is not our border with Gaza but other countries' borders the Gaza -- -- axis as you said -- -- Libyan arms and arms that come from Iran.
You -- not among the rockets being fired out SR in the fog your five rockets come directly from -- wrong.
We know that -- Hamas terrorists have trained with the Iranians.
There's a strong connection.
The fog -- five whose range is 45 miles can reach both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from Gaza.
In the past year Hamas has smuggle components for these rockets through tunnels.
From Egypt's Sinai desert into Gaza the Israeli military refers to these projects five rockets -- game take care.
They are Iran -- made.
And then about a hundred of them were imported into Gaza -- Sudan it appears.
And when the Israelis learned of the existence of these rockets at all until -- as one provocation on the part of Hamas.
For Israel to go in and wipe out those those those rockets and those launchers.
That provocation came on November 14 when Hamas fired a guided anti tank rocket at an Israeli military -- inside Israel.
Now 30000 Israeli reserve forces have gathered on the border with Gaza.
And will enter the Gaza Strip if Israel cannot destroy all of these longer range rockets with air strikes.
They're only gonna go when two guys if they feel they need to to eliminate -- remainder of the missiles a lot of what -- support to Hamas by Iran.
Joint US Israeli iron dome antimissile shield has shot down 307.
Incoming rockets from Gaza since November 14.
According to the Israeli military.
Help Israel purchase up to ten iron dome batteries.
Israel inflated to receive three times that amount from the US for the iron dome system over the next three years to protect its cities pentagon officials had hoped that the presence of a strong missile defense system.
Would deter the Israelis from striking Iran prematurely or unilaterally Shannon.
Thank you Jennifer.