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Israel says major cities reachable by Arab rockets

The Israeli army’s Home Front Command warns that all major Israeli cities will be in reach of Arab rockets in a prospective military confrontation with Arab states

Saleh Naami , Tuesday 14 Jun 2011

In a statement to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Home Front Command’s leadership clarified that West Jerusalem and Tel Aviv – the most populated residential areas in Israel – will be a target areas for tens of rockets. Commander of Home Front Command Major General Yair Golan said that the duration of any future armed confrontation will be longer than previous wars, the number and range of the rockets will increase and their precision will be improved.

Golan said that these facts are based on intelligence, adding that every mayor in Israel has been handed a scenario showing how to deal with rocket attacks in the event of any upcoming war.

On another front, the Israeli police is undergoing unprecedented training to be ready for confrontations with the Palestinian public in the West Bank and Gaza following the request by Palestinians next September to the UN in a unilateral bid for recognizing an independent Palestinian state.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that according to military sources, the main scenario upon which the training will be based is a rally by thousands of Palestinians towards military barriers in the West Bank and towards the separation wall between the West Bank and Israel.

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