is the only country in the world that lives under the shadow of
an ongoing and publicly declared threat
against its very existence - a threat which has warranted almost
no international attention or reaction.
The threat against Israel emanating from
in addition to Israel's vulnerability to short-range artillery
rockets, which have struck its territory in the past and continue
to do so in the present.
The most tangible threats stem from the
Katyusha rockets launched by terrorist
groups from within Lebanon (the Hizbullah
and various Palestinian
factions) capable of striking throughout northern Israel,
and the Kassam rockets which are currently limited to the Gaza
Strip and have a range of about 9 kilometers. Palestinian
acquisition of Katyusha rockets would threaten Israel's entire