Daily Israel Report

Iranian Missiles Could Threaten Israel from Syria

Iran is planning to deploy, in Syria, missiles that can hit Israel, to deter a Western anti-nuclear strike upon Iran.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 7/5/2007, 10:51 AM

Iran is planning to deploy, in Syria, missiles that can hit Israel, as a deterrent against a Western anti-nuclear strike upon Iran.  It could happen soon, the British newspaper Telegraph reports.

An agreement to this effect was signed two years ago between Iranian President Ahmedinajad and Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.  The rockets in question are the Shihab-3, Scud-B, and Scud-C, which can reach any part of the State of Israel.  They can be fired from mobile launchers.

Ahmedinajad announced earlier this year that if his country feels threatened regarding its nuclear program, Israel will become its first military counter-target.

The Shihab-3 is a medium-range ballistic missile with a range of over 2,000 kilometers.  It has the ability to change its trajectory more than once in mid-course, protecting it significantly against Israel's anti-ballistic missile Arrow system.  The Scud missiles have a range of 300 to 600 kilometers, and are less accurate than the Shihab.

MK Ephraim Sneh (Labor), a two-time Deputy Defense Minister who was succeeded this week by Matan Vilnai, warned at his farewell ceremony that Israel is not prepared for the dangers Iran presents. He charged the Olmert government with not providing enough funding, saying he is "not satisfied with the funding being allocated to the defense establishment to deal with the Iranian threat."  Without going into specifics, he said that some projects are progressing too slowly because they have been "financially diluted." 

Sneh also nixed the notion that there is coordination on an operational level between the Israel and US militaries against Iran, saying no such coordination exists.