Missiles from Gaza: Testing the Israeli Iron Dome
There may be two coming Middle East conflicts this year. Probably sooner than later. The recent Gaza missile attacks from the Islamic group of Palestinians there have been firing hundreds of short range missiles into the border towns of Israel.
Defending the area are Israel's latest active defense missile system, Iron Dome, which comprises of three elements. There are only 3-4 such units deployed (each has 20 missiles). To the dismay of the Islamic group in Gaza, only 20-25% of them have impacted on Israeli towns with the remaining of them destroyed in mid-air by the Iron Dome.
Concerned, Iranian officials arrived in a guarded convoy at the Fatma outpost opposite Metullah meeting with Hizballah military intelligence officers along Lebanon border. They inspected from their side of the border, Israeli defenses and the Iron Dome in action as missiles from Gaza approached. Iran, as promised, is now moving forward with plans to match the Palestinian assault on southern Israeli with an offensive on the north from Lebanon.
Hezbollah in Lebanon has thousands, some indicate over 10,000, short and medium Iranian missiles there, most hidden until instructions from Iran arrive for Hezbollah to fire them. Like a light switch, the situation could erupt suddenly in a much more serious manner for Israel. This happened in 2006, when Hezbollah fired their missile deluge that prompted Israeli to invade Lebanon in their ill-fated war. Their tanks were met with sophisticated Russian anti-tank missiles.
It very well be Iran's preemptive strike as they promised to do. Having missiles being fired from Gaza and Lebanon simultaneously would tax Israel's Iron Dome system, cause terror in the cities from the medium range missiles, divert and distract the world and Israel from any attack on Iran for their nuclear bomb weapons progress. It could be effective and if Hezbollah infantry (they have 3-5000) actually crossed into Israel to seize towns cause more murder, the distraction would be monumental-a new ball game.
Israeli intelligence feel this is a very real possibility, if not as a preemptive strike, but what Iran will do AFTER any US\Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. Then, there is Syria, which continues to destroy the opposition there. Assad has consulted with Iran about crushing tactics, has got millions in loans from Iran because Syrian economy is shot after a year of unrest, and has a large gas and biological weapon storage facilities. Were Iran to also use some missile gas attacks, a new dimension would be added.
For Israel's paranoia, just look at the map: missiles from Iran are in Gaza and Lebanon, both border the country. Syria has a large missile stockpile, which Iran, has access to. The ONLY border country NOT an "enemy" to them is Jordan, which remains neutral.
2012 is a very dangerous time in the Middle East.