Peretz: Not enough Iron Domes for full protection

March 24, 2012 17:25

Former defense minister Amir Peretz said on Saturday that the number of Iron Dome batteries Israel plans to purchase will not enough to fully protect the country.

While it is reasonable to acquire a total of only 13 batteries, as Israel currently plans to do, Peretz said, "If we want complete coverage we will need to get to between 20-26 batteries."Peretz also warned against using the Iron Dome system to defend military and strategic sites instead of population centers.

"With all due respect, the bases were not meant to be covered by the Iron Dome," Peretz said. "There's no way that bases will be preferred over civilians."

Last year, the United States warned Israel that it would have to review funding for the anti-rocket system if it were deployed to protect bases instead of civilians.

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