Israel Estimates ´Only´ 300 Deaths in 3-Week War (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/03/12)
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The heads of Israelís defense system estimate that if Israel is
targeted by missiles from neighboring countries during a theoretical
war in 2012, 300 people will be killed in a three week period,
according to a Channel 10 News report on Monday.
The report said that the ministers in the Israeli Security Cabinet
were given this estimate during a briefing that was held on Sunday.
Previous assessments talked about tens of thousands of casualties on
the Israeli side.
According to the report, the briefing dealt with the most extreme
scenario and referred to a war that may take place in 2012, before
the Iron Dome anti-missile system is fully deployed. The ministers
were reportedly informed that in three weeks of constant war,
thousands of rockets would land in Israel, mostly from Lebanon and
Syria and some from Gaza.
The ministers were told during the briefing that missiles from Iran
may land in Israel as well, but that Iranís ability in terms of
conventional missiles is not great.
The most extreme estimate, according to the Channel 10 report, is
that in these three weeks less than 300 Israelis will be killed. The
number is high but lower than what was said in the past, the report
noted. Until now, the estimates ranged between an existential threat
to Israel and anywhere from 500 to 50,000 deaths.
In comparison, noted Channel 10, before the first Gulf War in 1991,
defense officials estimated that then-Iraqi president Saddam Hussein
will try to launch 40 missiles at Israel and that there would be 120
fatalities. Hussein ended up firing 42 missiles at Israel and there
was one fatality. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/03/12)
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