Shkedi: Home front to suffer most during war

Outgoing IAF chief says threat from Hizbullah, Syria and Hamas still imminent.

eliezer Shkedi 298.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
eliezer Shkedi 298.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
In the event of war, the home front will be hit by "thousands" of rockets, outgoing Israel Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Elazar Shkedy told Israel Radio on Saturday. Hizbullah, Hamas and Syria have all amassed large stockpiles of rockets since the Second Lebanon War, and using them against Israeli population centers would be a cornerstone of their strategy in a future conflict, Shkedy said. During the month-long war in the summer of 2006, Hizbullah attempted more than once to send bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into Israel, but they were intercepted by the air force every time, he added. While the air force has improved its ability to intercept UAVs, the threat of Hizbullah launching more still exited, Shkedy said. Regarding Gaza, Shkedy said that the IAF had greatly improved its accuracy and that for every 24 terrorists killed, one civilian died, a vast improvement over a ratio of 1:1 four years ago. The improvement was due both to improved accuracy and to tighter intelligence cooperation with ground forces, he said. Shkedy declined to say whether he recommended tougher measures to curb rocket fire from Gaza.