New Delhi: Revital “Tally” Gotliv is a well-known Israeli lawmaker who represents Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party in the Knesset. Her latest comments have made headlines around the world. Because of what Gotliv said, the Jericho rocket, which is often called a “doomsday” weapon, has gotten more attention in the current conflict between Israel and Hamas and Palestine. Her words, which were shared on a popular social media site, have made people all over the world curious and scared.
“Jericho Missile! Jericho Missile! Strategic alert. before considering the introduction of forces. Doomsday weapon! This is my opinion. May God preserve all our strength.”Revital “Tally” Gotliv
In her posts on social media, Gotliv boldly suggested that Israel should think about nuclear war instead of sending big land forces to the ongoing conflict. Many people are shocked by Israel’s bold stance, which specifically refers to the “Jericho” missile. This has led to a more in-depth look at Israel’s ballistic missile program.
Launching Missiles from Jericho
The Jericho missile program, which dates back to the 1960s, is a lynchpin of Israel’s military might. The biblical city located on the West Bank provided the inspiration for the original name of this program, which was a joint venture with the French aerospace company Dassault. Despite beginning as a collaborative effort, Israel proceeded with solo development when France withdrew its sponsorship in 1969.
In the middle of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, the Jericho missile program has drawn international attention and sparked complicated issues about the future of military policy.
The Jericho Missile Series: A Glimpse into Israel’s Ballistic Progress
As the first successful weapon in Israel’s ballistic missile program, the Jericho-1 went into service during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, which was a big deal. The length of this weapon was 13.4 meters, the width was 0.8 meters, and it weighed 6.5 tonnes. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), it had a range of 500 kilometers (310.6 miles) and could take up to 1,000 kilograms. It could have been more accurate, though, since it only hit its target 50% of the time within a 1,000-meter radius. The Jericho-1 was taken out of service in the 1990s.
Jericho Missiles Evolve: Enter the Jericho-2
Israel kept improving its ballistic missiles, which led to the development of the Jericho-2 in the late 1980s. In addition to being longer (15 meters) and wider (1.35 meters), this new type could still carry up to 1,000 kilograms. The range of the Jericho-2 was increased to between 1,500 and 3,500 kilometers (932 to 2,175 miles), which made it much more useful.
Jericho-3: The Intermediate-Range System
In the following years, Israel released the Jericho-3, an intermediate-range missile system that was better in many ways than the ones that came before it. Compared to the Jericho-2, it was longer and had a bigger diameter at 1.56 meters. It is said that the Jericho-3 was tested in 2008 and went into service in 2011. This missile had a range of 4,800 to 6,500 kilometers, which is about 2,983 to 4,039 miles, and a single bomb that weighed about 750 kilograms (1,653 pounds). Its payload capacity grew to about 1,300 kilograms (2,866 pounds), making it an even more powerful weapon in Israel’s arsenal.
Current Status of Deployment
Israel is currently on the attack against Hamas in Gaza, but it is still not clear if the Jericho-3 has been used. The international community is very worried and interested in the idea that advanced weapon systems could be used in this war.