Israel will have to choose what to defend with Iron Dome

Israel's vaunted missile defence system is likely to leave the civilian population exposed to an incoming barrage of rockets in the event of a war as it is deployed to protect key strategic and military sites, according the country's commander of the home front.

Despite the success of the Iron Dome anti-missile batteries at intercepting rockets launched from Gaza during November's eight-day conflict, the five units currently operational are insufficient to protect against the superior firepower of Hezbollah in Lebanon.

"I will recommend protecting the country's functional continuity and the ability to maintain an [Israeli Defence Forces] offensive effort over time, until the war is won," Major General Eyal Eisenberg, head of the home front command, said in an interview with Haaretz.

"That means protecting power plants and the air force bases before the big cities."

Israel needed more than 10 batteries to protect the civilian population in the targeted regions, he said. "As of now... we will have to introduce an order of priorities in resources. We will have to make a tough, trenchant and clear decision."
In past conflicts Hezballah's rockets have been primarily aimed at civilian targets and there few hits on military targets have been by accident.  That will probably be the case in future conflicts.  It is the nature of Israel's enemies.  Iran does not threaten the Israeli military if attacked but threatens, instead, to flatten Tel Aviv.


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