Justice Minister Yosef (Tommy) Lapid also said today that Israel must participate in the preparations for the prosecution of Saddam Hussein. "Next to his invasion of Kuwait," Lapid said today, "the  Scud missiles that he launched against Israel [in 1991] are the worst thing that he did." Lapid said that it doesn't matter where the trial is held: "Even if it's in Baghdad, we must send our witnesses."
"Firing missiles without provocation at a country that was not involved in the war," the Justice Minister said, "is a war crime according to any definition of international law. Saddam must not be vindicated from this crime."
It has been reported in the past that Israel sought over $1 billion from Iraq in compensation for damages caused by the Gulf War Scud missiles. This sum would include $103 million for material damages, and $903 million for increased defense costs.