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Wurmser: Iran a Major Factor Behind Gaza/Israel Violence
An Israeli Iron Dome missile defense interceptor launched to destroy a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip against the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on November 18, 2012. The system also intercepted at least two rockets yesterday fired at Tel Aviv. LIGNET Senior Analyst David Wurmser said in a new interview that about 300 Iron Dome missiles have been fired over the last week. He fears they could run out, which could lead to an Israeli invasion of Gaza. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
November 19, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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LIGNET Senior Analyst David Wurmser says in a new interview that Iran’s support for Hamas is a major factor behind the hundreds of missiles fired on Israel from Gaza over the last week and that he believes pro-Iran Hamas factions could extend the violence. Intensified Western pressure to end the conflict, he says, could actually accelerate the timeline for an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza. 

Dr. David Wurmser, a former national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, spoke to LIGNET Managing Editor Fred Fleitz via Skype from Tel Aviv early today. He says he had to duck for cover yesterday when air raid sirens were sounded and that he watched interceptor missiles from Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system destroy two rockets fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza. 

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