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Monday, February 27, 2006

Israel ready for Iranian attack

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said today that Israel is ready to defend itself against an Iranian nuclear attack (R"L!).

Mofaz implied that while Israel was ready to let diplomacy run its course for now, it would not stand by indefinitely.

"In addition to joining the nations of the world who think that the right course at this moment, at this hour, in these days and in this year is to try and stop this threat by diplomatic efforts at the Security Council, we also owe it, primarily to ourselves, to deal with everything that ensures the existence of the state of Israel for all eternity, and we are doing so," he said.

I don't know how one defends oneself against a nuclear attack except by wiping out the Iranians' facilities or by a first-strike. If you use a first-strike and don't wipe them out completely, you have to have the capability of absorbing a response. Do we have that? I doubt it. I cannot believe the "sealed rooms" that have become de rigeur in every building built here since Gulf War I are at all capable of withstanding a nuclear attack. The government has not replaced the gas masks we were told to open during Gulf War II, let alone provided us with something that will be useful in case of nuclear attack. If there is no way to wipe out the Iranians' facilities (something that Mofaz wisely refused to discuss in the same article), I'm not sure what he has in mind.

1 Comments:

At 5:17 AM, Blogger Yoel.Ben-Avraham said...

Well I wouldn't hold my breath over the pro-active option. It would require a major offensive at multiple installations at a distance twice that of the Iraq reactor. Even the Americans would be hard pressed to pull it off!

I'm just hoping the "Chetz" (Arrow) anti-ballistic missile is as good as people hope it is!

 

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