The Islamist Hamas organization is testing locally-made M75 missiles that can reach Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, according to military sources.
The medium-to-long range missiles were used against Israel by the terrorist organization during last year’s eight-day Pillar of Defense counter terrorist operation in Gaza.
The M75s, produced using Iranian technology and assembled with Iranian parts, were fired at the Knesset in Jerusalem, but missed the target. Instead, at least one landed in Gush Etzion, exploding on the outskirts of an Arab village. The locally-produced missiles were also fired at Rishon Letzion.
During that conflict, Hamas also fired a number of Iranian Fajr-5 missiles (range: up to 47 miles or 75 kilometers) at Tel Aviv and Rishon Letzion, missing the mark in most cases. These missiles were also manufactured with Iranian technology and parts. One struck a residential building in Rishon Letzion, causing severe damage to the structure and physically wounding two people. Many others were traumatized in the attack.
Children in Jerusalem near the Temple Mount later built a snow model of the M75 missile that had terrorized their lives just a few weeks earlier, instead of building the typical snow man or snow cave. Although many saw the move as the glorification of the missile and its murderous mission, for most children it was more likely a means of processing the terror of being at the business end of a missile attack over which they had no control, New York-based trauma specialist Dr. Simone Gordon told Arutz Sheva on Monday.
However, such is not the case in Gaza where “M75 perfume” is still the latest fashion hit to strike the region, with brisk sales at one of the most expensive shops in Gaza City that features the scent that was named for the missile.