Iran’s ongoing efforts to arm itself with deadlier and more accurate weapons pose a danger that Israel must plan to deal with in future conflicts with the Islamic Republic and its regional offshoots, a top Knesset member said on Thursday, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.
Speaking at the International Conference for Air Power in Tel Aviv — hosted by Israel Defense and the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies — Likud MK and former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter stated, “The IDF has to build itself up in the face of the extreme threat stemming from the capabilities and tools built in Iran and the intentions of the [Iranian] leadership to use them against Israel.”
“Long-range missiles, with the ability to carry large warheads, require the building of a fitting response,” he went on to say. “The F-35 ‘Adir’ planes are just part of the response. Israel needs additional means of attack — more precise, lethal and immune from disruption — alongside active defense systems in the form of the Arrow, David’s Sling and Iron Dome.”
Dichter also noted that Israel must ensure it possesses enough munitions to be able to effectively counter the “arsenal of rockets and missiles that could be launched from Iran, or from other states by military proxy groups that Iran has established and equipped with improved capabilities.”
“Five terrorist armies have been built by Iran, and three of them have already been acting against us for many years — Hezbollah, from Lebanon and Syria, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad, from Gaza and Judea and Samaria,” Dichter said, adding that the other two Tehran-allied entities were the Houthis in Yemen and the Shiite militias in Iraq and Syria.
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