´Iron Dome allotment can´t offer full protection´ (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 03/25/12)
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Former defense minister Amir Peretz said on Saturday that the number
of Iron Dome rocket-defense batteries Israel plans to purchase is
insufficient to protect the country.
While it is reasonable to acquire only 13 batteries, as Israel plans
to do, Peretz said, “If we want complete coverage we will need to get
to between 20 and 26 batteries.”
Peretz also warned against using the Iron Dome system to defend
military and strategic sites instead of population centers.
“With all due respect, the bases were not meant to be covered by the
Iron Dome,” Peretz said. “There’s no way that bases will be preferred
Last year, the US warned Israel that it would have to review funding
for the anti-rocket system if it were deployed to protect bases
instead of civilians.
Turning to the Iranian nuclear threat, Peretz said that a military
strike against Iranian nuclear facilities would be better if an
outside actor such as the US carried it out instead of Israel.
“We should prefer an outside actor do it because Israel does not need
to be confronted by the whole Muslim world,” Peretz said.
“We know that a minute after an attack, it will be comfortable for
the Western countries to point a blaming finger at Israel. If it’s an
American actor, the crisis will be smaller. We need to think about
the day after.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/25/12)
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