Israel anticipates Iran war


Richard Moore

Original source URL:,7340,L-3294241,00.html

Minister: Prepare for Iranian missiles

Pensioner Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan calls on home front to prepare bomb 
shelters, protected rooms ahead of possible attack by Islamic Republic


Minister of Pensioner Affairs Rafi Eitan told Israel Radio Tuesday that Israel 
faced the possibility of "an Iranian missile attack," and called on the home 
front to prepare bomb shelters and protected rooms in case of an Iranian attack.

"The Iranians have said very clearly that if they come under attack, their 
primary target would be Israel," Eitan said.

Iran is due to give its reply on Tuesday to a package backed by six world powers
that aims to end a nuclear standoff with the West, but Iranian officials say 
Iran does not accept the key demand to suspend uranium enrichment.

Western diplomats said refusing to suspend the work that has both military and 
civilian uses would be tantamount to rejecting the package of incentives offered
in return.

Meanwhile, Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office, Raanan Dinur, told 
journalists he was planning to submit recommendations to Prime Minister Ehud 
Olmert on preparations for the home front for the next war.

His comments suggested the recommendations would be obligatory since the level 
of surprise in which the home front was caught in the last war "was similar to 
the level of surprise of the Yom Kippur war."

With that, Dinur refused to define the geography of what will form the next home

Dinur sees a possibility of a fusion of the Home Front Command and the Ministry 
of Defense in the next war, and said that local authorities would have to 
strengthen their emergency systems.

Shimon Shiffer and Reuters contributed to this report

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