Israel expects to face 2,500 rockets per day fired by Lebanese Hezbollah if conflict breaks out, a senior military official said.
In May of this year, the Israel Defense Forces waged an 11-day war against Palestine, which fired approximately 4,400 projectiles from the Gaza Strip.
The country says its Iron Dome air defense system, which has been in use for about a decade, has intercepted around 90 percent of rockets directed at populated areas, with fewer than 300 hitting populated districts.
The rate of fire exceeded what was reported during Israel’s war on Hezbollah in 2006, when a similar number of rockets were launched from Lebanon in about a month, the IDF said.
In May, cities like Tel Aviv and Ashdod suffered “the highest number of shots against them in Israel’s history,” said Uri Gordin, head of the army’s home front command.
“We have seen a rate of over 400 rockets fired at Israel daily. “
He said that in the event of “conflict or war with Hezbollah, we would expect more than five times the number of rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel every day.”
“Basically we are looking for between 1,500 and 2,500 rockets fired at Israel daily,” he said.
Created in 1992 after the first Gulf War, Mr. Gordin’s Home Front Command is in charge of civil defense, that is to say, it is responsible for preparing the country in case of threat, conflict or disaster.
The unit has been criticized for its response to the 2006 war with Hezbollah, which killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
The war was a “wake-up call” for the home front command, Gordin said. It has since strengthened its liaison units, which are now active in 250 Israeli municipalities, to provide assistance in the event of an attack.
Home Front Command uses computers to predict the trajectory of a rocket after launch. He advises the public in a specific beach to go to the bomb shelters.
During the Gaza conflict in May, this enabled emergency services to “get to every incident in less than five minutes,” Gordin said from the unit’s headquarters control room in Ramla, near from Tel Aviv.
He said preparations had been made for any incident on the border with Lebanon.
An Israeli security official said the IDF was hoping for “stability” with its northern neighbor, which is mired in an economic crisis.
Deadly sectarian clashes took place Thursday in the capital Beirut, killing seven people, including members of Hezbollah.
Iranian-backed Hezbollah was “the source of instability in Lebanon” because it “exploits state resources for Iranian interests,” the security official said.
Update: October 18, 2021, 5:15 a.m.