Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian terrorist groups that control the Gaza Strip, have restocked their rocket arsenals to what it was before the 2014 Gaza war, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
According to the report whose sources come from unnamed IDF officers, the two organizations combined have around ten thousand rockets of which hundreds are believed to be long ranged. Their rocket arsenal has been replenished by local production and through smuggling them into Gaza. The majority of their rockets are believed to be short and medium ranged.
In response to the report, US Special Envoy to Israel Jason Greenblatt said, ”Hamas and Islamic Jihad continue to cause misery and suffering to the Palestinians in Gaza”.
Negotiations to reach a long term cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, are still being conducted by Egyptian General Ahmed Abdel Khalek. Hamas’s negotiator is being led by terrorist leader Yahya Sinwar, and the Israeli negotiator is being led by the head of the National Security Council Meir Ben-Shabat.
According to reports Israeli Channel 12 news, Israel is demanding for Hamas to maintain peace along the border fence, a cessation of all hostile fire against Israel, such as; the use of terror balloons and kites, bombs, rockets, and for illegal flotillas to stop trying to break through the maritime border between Israel and Gaza.
In exchange, Israel will provide humanitarian and civilian aid, reopen Gaza’s fishing zone, and work on a longtime solution to address the lack of electricity and health services in the Gaza Strip.
If the cease-fire is not broken by Hamas, then Israel will consider exchanges with the terror organization for the bodies of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin and the release of two Israeli civilians that wandered into Gaza and were captured.