“It could be in the form of a surface-to-surface missile, cruise missiles, or long-range UAVs,” Brig. Gen. Dror Shalom said.
By World Israel News Staff
A high-level security cabinet meeting to discuss the increasing Iranian threat is scheduled for next week, reports Israeli Army Radio.
According to the report, Iran could be planning a direct cruise missile or drone strike against Israel in retaliation for recent attacks against Iran’s allies in the Middle East.
Israel is expecting the missiles to not be high-arcing ballistic missiles that are easier to intercept, but rather low flying ones that are harder to detect.
Brig. Gen. Dror Shalom, the head of Military Intelligence’s Research Division told Israel Hayom that Israel expects to be attacked by Iran from southern Iraq.
“It could be in the form of a surface-to-surface missile, cruise missiles, or long-range UAVs. He has UAVs that can fly 1,000-1,200 kilometers (600-1200 miles) which he [Iran’s commander Qassem Soleimani] has used in the Persian Gulf,” Shalom said.
“In the end, when he takes a hit to the nose, he wants to hit back, and he has taken some blows recently. So my working assumption is that it’s only a matter of time until he tries,” he added.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for an air defense project estimated to cost billions of shekels to counter such a threat.
According to Kan Bet, economic officials say the cost of Netanyahu’s proposed defense project would entail cutting a large number of funds to civilian projects and raising taxes.