Al Jazeera: Iran in arms race with Israel

Posted: September 27, 2009 in Iran, Israel, Middle East
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Israeli Arrow II Missile SystemPhoto: Israeli Arrow II missile system. Israel developed the Arrow II in response to what it says is an Iranian missile threat [GETTY].

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“For all of its 61 years in existence, Israel has considered itself in a permanent war of survival. It has developed a national system which places great emphasis on its military and intelligence capabilities.”

“Iran is not yet in a position to launch a first strike against Israel. This is perhaps a key concern because Israel has a reputation for not allowing a first strike capability to develop.

“It has a record of destroying the Egyptian ballistic missile industry under Gamal Abdel Nasser, the late Egyptian president; destroying French-built Iraqi nuclear reactors outside Baghdad at Osirak in 1981, and interdicting the supply of arms moving through Sudan as recently as January this year.”

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