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Iron Dome Won’t Fully Protect Israel From Hezbollah, Official Says

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Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. Photo: Israel Defense Forces.

JNS.org – The Iron Dome missile defense system would be unable to fully protect Israel against a massive missile attack by Hezbollah, a senior defense official warned Thursday.

“Ben-Gurion International Airport would have to be shut down from early on in the fighting against Hezbollah,” the official told Israel Hayom. “Iron Dome won’t be able to duplicate its interception rate from Operation Protective Edge.”

The Iron Dome was designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 2.5 to 43 miles. Hezbollah’s arsenal is believed to contain 100,000 missiles, including surface-to-air and surface-to-sea missiles whose range could cover all of Israel.

The defense official said that while Hezbollah is currently “knee-deep in the fighting in Syria, it would be wrong to say that it was struggling.” Despite the fact that the Syrian civil war has “blurred the borders between Syria and Lebanon, we haven’t seen the massive transfer of weapons to Lebanon,” he said.

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