The Media Line (Link) (May 5, 2010)
Syria has provided Hizbullah with a supply of M600 missiles during the past year according to the head of research for Israel’s military intelligence. The Syrian copy of an Iranian design has a range of 187 miles, which places Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city, within Hizbullah’s sights. The weapon carries an explosive payload of up to one-half ton.
Attention was recently focused on whether Syria has transferred Scud missiles to Hizbullah – a charge American and Israeli leaders have since been wary of making. But word that Hizbullah has M600s renders the Scud issue less significant because of the missile’s range and the power it packs.
The majority of Israel’s population is clustered within the greater Tel Aviv area. The revelation was made before the parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee by Brigadier General Yossi Baidatz, the army’s head of intelligence research. He confirmed what most believe: that Hizbullah today is much stronger than it was when it fought a war against Israel in 2006. Drawing the line to Damascus, Baidatz said that “Hezbollah is now regarded by the Syrians as a component of their defense establishment.”