Until recently, Iran had waged a war of attrition against Israel through proxies: Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Arab terror groups.

Now, however, the Iranian-Israeli war is reaching a stage where Israel will no longer be able to only deal with Iran’s proxies.

Two months ago, as The Bulletin reported Friday, Israel bombed shipments of medium-range rockets that emanated from the Sudan, with a range of 46 miles, apparently of the “Fajr 3” model.

This is not a small rocket, and it is one the Iranians manufacture specifically for Gaza. It is designed so it will be possible to dismantle it and smuggle it through border tunnels between Gaza and Israel.

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According to senior Israeli intelligence sources, Iran seeks to establish a rocket base on Israel’s southern border that can reach the Tel Aviv area from the south, after Iran already established a threatening Hezbollah base from the north.

This “stranglehold theory” established by Israeli intelligence is not theoretical one because Iran has been able to gain footholds on Israel’s northern and southern borders.

“We operate wherever we can target terrorist infrastructures: In near places-and in places less close,” said outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at a conference at the Interdisciplinary Intelligence Center Herzliya, coming close to affirming reports of an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) strike on Sudan.

Mr. Olmert went on to say at the event: “We hit them in a manner that enhances deterrence and strengthens the image of deterrence, which is no less important.

“This was true for the north, in a series of events, and it is true for the south in a series of events. There is no point in going into details – everyone can use his imagination on this matter. The fact is that those who need to know that there is no place where the State of Israel cannot operate. There is no such place.

“The State of Israel has never had more powerful deterrence than that which was built over the past few years,” Mr. Olmert said. “Military deterrence is not determined by newspaper headlines or by the random grumbling of self-interested political sources, but rather by what is projected towards those at whom the deterrence is aimed.”

David Bedein can be reached at dbedein@israelbehindthenews.com

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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