Vilna´i: We Can Cut Expected Casualties in Iran War by 90% (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By David Lev 08/16/12)
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Outgoing Homefront Command Minister and Deputy Defense Minister Matan
Vilna´i wrote Thursday that, if a regional war does take place if and
when Israel attacks Iran´s nuclear facilities, the country was well-
prepared to face threats posed by Hizbullah and Hamas. As Homefront
Command Minister, Vilna´i wrote, he has drawn up detailed plans that
would ensure that the vast majority of Israelis, as well as most of
Israel´s infrastructure, survive an attack by terror groups and Iran.
Those plans, he wrote, could cut the expected number of casualties
from a possible regional war by 90%
The document was a summation of the activities of Vilna´i as
Homefront Command Minister, the post he was named to in 2011, as well
as his activities in the Defense Ministry since 2007. Many of the
plans that he drew up for home front safety – including distribution
of gas masks and reinforcement of schools and other public buildings –
have been adopted, but more needs to be done. Vilna´i is leaving the
Homefront Command, as he has been appointed Israel´s ambassador to
China. The new Homefront Command Minister, Avid Dichter, was sworn in
on Thursday morning.
With bigger budgets for the Homefront Command, Vilna´i wrote, Israel
could ensure that more of its residents will be able to survive a
regional war that most experts believe will take place if Israel or
the U.S. attack Iran´s nuclear facilities. Iran itself may or may not
strike back, the experts said, but Hamas and Hizbullah almost
certainly would. Between the two of them, the terror groups have tens
of thousands of missiles aimed at Israeli population centers and
infrastructure, and they are likely to fire them if Iran is attacked.
In addition, Iran, Syria, or the terror groups themselves could
attack Israel with chemical weapons.
Going on the theory that the home front will become the front lines
in the event of such a war, Vilna´i wrote that he embarked on a
program that would defend Israelis residents and infrastructure. Some
of the innovations are security secrets, while others, including mass
distribution of gas mask kits, were public knowledge. Vilna´i said
that he had managed to secure budgets to provide 60% of Israelis with
the kits, but that more money would be needed to expand the program.
If the plans that are already in place are brought to fruition,
Vilna´t wrote, many more Israelis will survive a regional war.
Currently, security experts believe that, based on current security
measures, one person on average will be killed for every thousand
missiles fired at Israel. Vilna´i wrote that he believed that Israel
could reduce that number to one casualty for every 10,000 rockets, if
the plans already in progress are completed. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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