Yadlin: Real Threat Facing "Israel" Is Not Long-Range Missiles, But Small Rockets
""Israel" is not threatened by 200,000 missiles. It is under threat of perhaps 1,000 effective missiles and another 9,000 long-range rockets, but the rest of the 190,000 rockets in the region are inaccurate and short-range," said former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, who heads the Institute for National Security Studies, said on Thursday at a conference on ""Israel's" Homefront Preparedness." "Let's put the threat into perspective, and stop talking about missiles and start talking about rockets."
"Worrying over 200,000 missiles is not serious, it is not professional, and we will be putting our resources in the wrong places," he added.
Commenting on possible future confrontations, Yadlin admitted that missiles would strike the Gush Dan. "A few more would strike than the number that hit in 1991, but today we have the Arrow interception system, better intelligence and a better Air Force. A large number of the rockets will be stopped, but some of them will indeed hit Gush Dan and for this we have to be prepared." "When missiles start hitting Tel Aviv - and this will happen - and people will be killed, "Israel's" legitimacy to take action will drastically increase and our ability to do things that we have not done until today will be much greater," said Yadlin who served as the IDF's chief of Military Intelligence.
In terms of solutions, Yadlin highlighted several factors, among them a possible "Israeli" offensive. "The vision for those in charge of the defense systems should be to launch a flyover to take away from the enemy this exact asset against which we are trying to defend ourselves. The combination of precise intelligence and precise weaponry can enable us to eliminate most of our enemy's advantages."
Yori Yalon - "Israel" Hayom
President Shimon Peres received yesterday, an official message from the Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi stating, "I received your congratulations on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, with deep thanks. I would like to take this opportunity to re-assure that I hope we can do our best to bring the peace process back on track to achieve security and stability for all peoples of the region, including the people of "Israel". "
The Egyptian Ambassador to "Israel" Yasser Reda conveyed this message to the military secretary of the President, Col. Hassoun Hassoun. Yet after a brief period of publication, it seems that someone in Cairo got confused. Senior officials in Egypt cooled down this enthusiasm over a possible warming of relations with Jerusalem. Yasser Ali, the spokesman of Morsi even vehemently denied that the Egyptian president sent a letter to Peres.
"Reports in the "Israeli" media are false and of no evidence. Egyptian President did not send any message to the "Israeli" president." The President's Residence in Jerusalem was not moved by the Egyptian denial and stated that a letter was indeed sent by Morsi.
Peres's closest advisers said that denials were issued after exposing the message in the media, which is not suitable for Egyptian interests. Peres' office said the letter was a routine communiqué.
It also said that once they realized that the sympathy message may be explained as a sign weakness, Egypt decided to deny the very existence of the message, even though Morsi's office approved it.
Walla!News - Amir Bohbot
"Chief of Staff is given the freedom of speech in any domain, because he is the army commander," explained on Monday a senior defense official following recent reports in the media about alleged strong objections of senior defense officials over an attack on Iran - including Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, commander of Air Force Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel and the head of Mossad Tamir Pardo. "It is required to listen to the political system that determines the goals of the implementation. He is responsible to say whether the army is prepared for various scenarios and whether the troops are carrying out tasks. Even then the ability to make a decision belongs to the political system," said the source.
The official added that "there were previous objections made by senior echelons to military operations as in Entebbe or attacking Iraqi reactor, which finally was carried out successfully. These are no indications in these missions about the current system of relations, but they are kind of a role model."
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