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Israel could destroy parts of Lebanon, Gaza, if bombed

(Xinhua)

15:22, August 14, 2012

JERUSALEM, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Former chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency Danny Yatom on Monday said that Israel could destroy parts of Lebanon and Gaza if it were attacked by rockets from there in case of a war with Iran.

Speaking at an interview with Israel Radio, Yatom focused the main concerns of the attack's backlash on Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

Yatom pointed out that their rocket arsenal could cover all of Israel.

"We will have to stop the firing of missiles, both from the north and the south, as quickly as possible," Yatom said, adding that both Lebanon and Gaza would suffer greatly for such an attack.

"It is possible that the price that Lebanon and Gaza will pay will be horrible. We are liable to destroy, or likely to destroy, parts of Lebanon, and parts of Gaza," he said.

But Israeli military leadership has been opposing a strike on Iran for fear that it will spark a regional conflict with unforeseeable consequences.

While the military brass is against such an operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are pushing to attack Iran's nuclear plants.

Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama are due to meet at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 27, where both leaders are scheduled to address the UN General Assembly and hold further discussions on the Iranian issue.
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