|A May 2009 press photo of an Iranian Sejil-2 surface-to-surface|
missile. That's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei supervising
from the wall.
Yaakov Katz writing today for the Jerusalem Post reveals some sensitive info about the IDF's assessments about the missile threat to the Israeli home-front. It happens that the government is battling with the IDF over defence budget reductions that were decided upon in the wake of the street protests in Israeli cities just a few months ago.
The key statement in his news report is that the military believes hundreds of Israelis are likely to die if war breaks out this year. The estimate is that the enemies on our borders will fire 8,000 rockets and other missiles.
|Published yesterday, this photo published in a worried Arab News|
purports to show Iranian navy officials celebrating after
the launch of a new Ghader missile
(AP Photo/Fars News Agency) [Image Source]
To fortify the point about how real the dangers to Israelis are, the Iranians flexed their military muscle and made several announcements in the last few days about new, capacity-enlarging weapons systems now going into service. They say they successfully test-fired a long-range missile as well as a medium-range rocket that brought down an aerial target. These tests were part of massive naval exercises carried out by the Iranian navy in the Arabian Gulf (the Iranians don't call it that), near the Straits of Hormuz, "one of the world's most sensitive waterways". Iran, threatening to close the Straits by force if sanctions are imposed on its oil exports, already has missile systems capable of hitting Israel as well as US bases in other parts of the Middle East (see photo above).
Actually, the Iranians have additional threats up their sleeves. You can get a taste in a November 2010 article entitled "150,000 Iran missiles awaiting Israel"; it appears on PressTV, a global broadcasting empire owned by the Islamic Republic and monitored round-the-clock for compliance with Teheran's official Ayatollah-dictated line. So you know it's reliable.