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Monday, January 03, 2011

Mossad estimates Hezbullah can fire 400-600 rockets per day

A cable released by Wikileaks discloses that a 'senior Mossad official' believes that Hezbullah can launch between 400-600 rockets per day in the event of war.
Hizbullah would likely shoot between 400 and 600 missiles a day into Israel during a future war, a senior Mossad official told a congressional delegation to Israel in 2009, according to a US diplomatic cable published on Sunday.

The cable from November 2009 summed up meetings a delegation led by Ike Skelton (D-Missouri) held with top officials from the Mossad, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the IDF. It was first published on Sunday by Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper, which received it from WikiLeaks.

According to the Mossad official, 100 of the missiles will hit Tel Aviv.

Hizbullah, the delegation was told, has 40,000 missiles as well as a number of Iranian-made Ababil unmanned aerial vehicles that have a range of 150 km. and can be loaded with explosives and sent to bomb strategic targets in Israel.

Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi told the delegation that due to the military buildup in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, he was preparing the IDF for a “major war” since it would then be easier to scale down for smaller conflicts if needed.

As a result of the growing rocket threat, Ashkenazi told the congressmen that the IDF was investing heavily in missile defense systems, such as the Arrow, David’s Sling and Iron Dome.

While the Iranian threat was grave, Ashkenazi told the Americans that the threat from Hamas and Hizbullah, which were funded by Iran, was most acute since due to their proximity to Israel, their rockets would be more accurate.

Turning to Iran, Ashkenazi said that Israel would have 10 to 12 minutes to prepare after its radar systems detected an Iranian missile fired toward the country. He said that Teheran had more than 300 missiles capable of reaching Israel.
What could go wrong?

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At 2:05 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

What would happen if Israel just shot off an EMP over those areas of southern lebanon that held ten of thousands of rockets?

Same thing with an EMP over Syria and Iran?

At 2:46 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Didn't that joker Ashkenazi tell us awhile back the Iron Dome system would only be used to protect IDF bases? In case you were wondering, the people of southern Israel are still without any basic protection from simple Qassams.

What could wrong indeed

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Iron Chef Kosher! said...

I am sharply ambivalent about Wikileaks, & wary. First & foremost, the "leaker" has an agenda: to destroy America. So that, alone, makes him untrustworthy. But the sad fact is that, so far, I have heard not one thing that I wouldn't want said out loud - or, in fact, blasted across news networks 24 hours a day (granted, I'm sure I've missed a leak or 2, I could be wrong, there). EVERYTHING he's leaked (with my already-stated caveat) has proven EVERYTHING anti-terrorist/Israel supporters have been shouting as loud as we could, for years. I suppose I am simply waiting for the other shoe to drop.


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