Palestinian Islamic Jihad Claims Missile Can Reach Netanya

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror organization based in Gaza claimed on Sunday evening that thanks to the help of Iran they have developed a new missile capable of striking cities beyond Netanya in northern Israel.

In a short documentary broadcasted on Iran’s Al-Alam tv station, spokesman Abu Hamza claimed that the Gaza based group possess accurate rockets capable of the striking the major cities and far reaches of Israel.

The PIJ first made their rockets known when they fired an Iranian-produced missile at Tel Aviv from Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012. During the conflict Hamas, the al-Qassam Brigades, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) sent over 1,456 rockets into Israel in total.

The new documentary showcases the group touting its missile production facilities and warning Israel that the video is just a taste of “what the enemy will see in a future confrontation, the proof of which was in the last round with the rocket to Ashkelon.”

The group was referring to a recent wave of violence between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip when the PIJ launched a rocket that hit an apartment complex in Ashkelon in southern Israel. The rocket ultimately killed a Palestinian man and injured several Israelis.

PIJ is the second largest militant group in the Gaza strip after Hamas. They have been categorized by the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate as a group which can increase the escalation between Israel and groups in Gaza since they are not under the control of Hamas and operate based on their own interests and relationships with external actors such as Iran.

Both PIJ and Hamas have recently increased testing of their ballistics, firing rockets towards the sea in a bid to increase their range and destructive power on Israel.