Israel ready to retaliate if Iraq fires Scud Missiles

Reuters AlertNet (www.alertnet.org) reports that Israel is ready to retaliate if Iraq chooses to fire Scud missiles targetting Israeli civilians.

Israel is more able to retaliate against Iraqi missile attacks now than during the 1991 Gulf War and has prepared new intelligence and anti-missile defence systems, an Israeli politician said on Monday.

"I think that some of the rationale for not doing anything at the time...does not exist at the present time," Arens said in response to a question about potential Israeli retaliation.

Arens said Iraq had a small number of Scuds with chemical and possibly biological capability as well as conventional warheads, but that Israel's new Arrow-2 missile defence system was up to the test.

Developed in conjunction with the U.S. "Star Wars" programme, and deployed through Israel in the past three years, the Arrow-2 system uses missiles to shoot down incoming missiles.

Iraq launched dozens of Scud missiles against Israel after the US first attack on Iraq during the Gulf war. Yasser Arafat fully supported Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War and many Palestinians were seen dancing on their roofs while the Scuds were landing in the Israeli cities. Israel never retaliated.

I lived in Haifa in 1991 when I was attending college at the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology (similar to MIT).

There was much fear that Sadam Hussein was going to launch gas attacks against the Israeli civilian population so daily, during every attack from Iraq, all civilians, including kids, babies and women had to wear gas masks and run to the bomb shelter.

I copy the full article below.





Ex-defence chief says Israel ready if Iraq attacks
Reuters AlertNet, July 29 2002
http://www.alertnet.org/
thenews/newsdesk/L29326653

JERUSALEM, July 29 (Reuters) - Israel is more able to retaliate against Iraqi missile attacks now than during the 1991 Gulf War and has prepared new intelligence and anti-missile defence systems, an Israeli politician said on Monday.

Israel was the target of Iraqi Scud missile strikes in 1991, which caused extensive damage but killed just one person. The United States persuaded its ally not to retaliate, fearing such a move would alienate Arab members of the coalition it had mustered for the Gulf War.

As the possibility of another U.S. attack on Iraq looms, Israel is in a stronger position to retaliate if it again becomes an Iraqi target, said Moshe Arens, a member of parliament who was defence minister during the Gulf War.

"I think that some of the rationale for not doing anything at the time...does not exist at the present time," Arens said in response to a question about potential Israeli retaliation.

U.S. President George W. Bush said this month Washington would use all tools at its disposal to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, but this time Washington has failed to rally broad Arab support.

Iraq says it will face down any U.S. offensive.

Arens said Iraq had a small number of Scuds with chemical and possibly biological capability as well as conventional warheads, but that Israel's new Arrow-2 missile defence system was up to the test.

Developed in conjunction with the U.S. "Star Wars" programme, and deployed through Israel in the past three years, the Arrow-2 system uses missiles to shoot down incoming missiles.

Another technological advantage Arens cited was the recently orbited Ofek-5 spy satellite. During the Gulf War, he said, the United States had stymied a planned Israeli operation against Scud launchers by not sharing satellite footage of western Iraq.

"Today if we are concerned about what is happening in the area from which missiles might be launched against Israel, we have our own intelligence capability," Arens told a briefing for foreign envoys and reporters.

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Yeah, it's funny how you don't mention all the Palestianians Israelis have murdered.
I find both to be reprehensible, and undeserving of their own state.
Both Israelis and Palestinians are a murderous lot, neither side deserves sympathy.
Both regimes need to either reconcile or be dissolved.
There is an old saying: Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right. Ever heard of it?

Posted by: Sylvain at July 29, 2002 08:43 PM


Thanks for the constructing remark Sylvain.
How about this saying:

"I am tired of Israelis and Jews being deliberately killed by murderous Palestinian terrorists.

I am tired of racists, anti-Semites, and European leftists who have an anti-Globalization agenda and therefore find that Israel defending herself is a crime.

I don't care what idiots like you (that don't know anything about the conflict) think.

I want to survive."

Have you heard of that?

Posted by: David Melle at July 29, 2002 10:33 PM


The whole area over there is a complete mess. I really don't think there is a "good guys- bad guys" side. Religion, Economics, Politics,
is what it seems to be all about. Both sides have "historical rights" to be there , but both sides hate each other so much that it just seems impossible to be able to live alongside of one another.
I often wonder if it makes economic sense to keep dragging this war between the Israelis and the Palestinians on . Doesn't it seem to make sense that if two enemy's hate each other as much as they do , that they should settle it out once and for all, and get it over with. The only ones who seem to be gaining anything from this war being dragged on are the ones who are producing the arms to supply each side. Sitting back making a bundle , hoping they never settle it.
But it still remains a very sad state over there , and a terrible waste of " Human" life and unecessary pain and suffering.

Posted by: Jerry Sponagle at October 26, 2002 04:20 PM


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