Skip to comments.Israel fears energy targets will be hit
Posted on 05/08/2010 2:25:47 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Israel's mounting alarm at Hezbollah's reported acquisition of increasing numbers of long-range missiles stems in part from concern for the security of the country's emerging infrastructure. Jane's Intelligence Review reported the Israelis are concerned that their drive to develop an energy infrastructure built around the natural gas fields recently discovered in the Mediterranean off the northern port of Haifa would be put at risk by Hezbollah's swelling arsenal.
The magazine, published in Britain, said the "relatively unsophisticated nature of Hezbollah's arsenal means that the militants' ability to successfully target individual critical energy sites in and around Haifa would be limited.
"However, the risk remains that the use of a combination of mass indirect fire and more sophisticated guided systems would place such infrastructure at risk."
During the 34-day war between Hezbollah and Israel in the summer of 2006, the Iranian-backed Shiite movement pounded northern Israel with nearly 4,000 rockets, the overwhelming majority of which were relatively short-range, unguided weapons.
Several hit Haifa, which is also a major naval base, and caused some industrial damage.
Otherwise they did relatively little critical damage beyond the profound psychological impact the unprecedented bombardment -- and the Israeli forces' failure to stop it -- had on Israel's civilian population.
But now, the Israeli military claims Hezbollah has an arsenal of around 45,000 rockets and missiles, some of them with the range to hit pretty much anywhere in the Jewish state all the way to the southern Negev Desert.
Israel claims that Syria, Iran's Arab ally, provided Hezbollah with an unspecified number of road-mobile M600 short-range ballistic missiles in 2009. The M600 is a Syrian-engineered version of Iran's Fateh surface-to-surface missile. It has a range of at least 160 miles and carries a 1,100-pound warhead
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Better keep those PAC-3’s, Arrows and other Iron Dome assets up and on alert. And harden other structures as appropriate.
The Israelis will have to fend off an enemy with 40,000 missiles.
Exactly, the enemies of Israel would get what is coming to them and at the same time the World would have a little more empathy for the Jews if they suffered a major attack.
I am a big believer in giving any U.S. military technology to Israel and Taiwan because they are up against enemies that are determined to wipe them off the map.
Yeah - that forces them into a pre-emptive strike - for which, of course, Israel will be condemned by the U.N. and the general Israel-haters, of course, for not going quietly into the night.
And of course, there’s no way to get all the launchers before they can fire.
Israel put a steel structure tent over a school - they’ll have to do it at other places too, I think.
They have very limited options available. I hate to be a General in the IDF right now.
Jane's Intelligence Review reported the Israelis are concerned that their drive to develop an energy infrastructure built around the natural gas fields recently discovered in the Mediterranean off the northern port of Haifa would be put at risk by Hezbollah's swelling arsenal.
I think so too. An attempt to overwhelm.