WAR DRUM: Israel preps for Ballistic-Missile Attack. Russian Warplanes Go on 24-Hour Duty in Snap Alert Drill

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
By Paul Martin

May 29th, 2013

Israel warns of action over Russian plan to give missiles to Syria’s Assad

A senior Israeli defense official warned on Tuesday that Russia’s plan to send sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons systems to Syria’s President Bashar Assad was a “threat” and signaled Israel could take some form of unspecified action in response.


Israeli civil defense drill prepares for ballistic missile attack

TEL AVIV — Israel has launched a major civil defense exercise. Officials said the exercise, dubbed “Steadfast Home Front-1, was meant to simulate a ballistic missile attack on Israel.

The officials said the exercise, part of a multi-year defense plan, also tested interoperability by the military, Defense Ministry, other ministries and local authorities.

“Israel is the most threatened state in the world; it is under missile and rocket threat,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

The exercise, which began on May 26, was the seventh edition of the annual civil defense drill. Officials said the latest exercise, scheduled to end on May 29, was meant to prepare military and civil authorities for a chemical or nuclear attack.

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