Israel is in the middle of a neighborhood of Arab nations with its own 1.7 million Arab citizens. Arabs have carried on wars with other Arabs for a millenia so this is not a deterrent to them. You'd think that all these surrounding states would continue to ignore what was once the dregs of Palestine, but since Israel was created in 1948, that hasn't been the case. Wee Israel is 650 times smaller in landmass than they are. Israel is outnumbered in population by 56 to 1 with only 7.7 million people (6 million of which are Jews).
|Hezbollah missile launcher|
|Syrian missiles pointed towards Israel|
|ISIS on the killing field|
|Sayyed Ali Khamenei, supreme Leader of Iran|
Accepted office June 4, 1989 at age 49; now 76 years old.
In came extreme religion that replaced the Shah of Iran.
|Queen Rania al Yassin b: Kuwait|
a Palestinian Arab
|King Abdullah II of Jordan was born in 1962. It was his grandfather, Abdullah I, who came from Saudi Arabia and took land east of the Jordan River to be the Jewish Homeland for himself with the British blessing in 1948.|
|President Sisi of Egypt|
|Mahmoud Abbas of PA|
|Fatah and Hamas leadership, former terrorists, now making up|
their unified state of Palestine on a day they came to agreement.
They have continually hit southern Israel with rockets, mortars and missiles. Now they are actively rebuilding their terror positions and have stockpiled more advanced rockets. Their forte is building tunnels, and they built new ones that reach into Israel. Israel said Hamas are digging 6 miles of tunnels each month toward Israel and they use cement and lumber meant for civilian construction to strengthen their tunnels. Gaza's arsenal can also reach several major cities in Israel. Hamas has rockets positioned along Israel's border. The nearest Israelis such as Sderot, have 6 to 10 seconds to get to safety. Ashkelon has 10 to 12 seconds; Ashdod has between 10 to 30 seconds; Tel Aviv has 30 seconds. Netanya, Bethlehem, Hebron and Jerusalem have about 50 or less seconds. Safed, Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth all have from 3 to 5 minutes to get to safety. A Hamas bus bombing happened in 1996. Then the rocket attacks came from the terrorists and killed 65 Israelis, forcing Israel to spend millions on added security.
Resource: AIPAC maps and information