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Nuclear activity at the reactors at Dimona and Nahal Sorek will desist should missiles attack Israel's home front. The aim of such nuclear stoppage would be to prevent damage to the reactors' outlying area, should missiles penetrate the facilities' defense shields. A decision for such a stoppage was reached by the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, in coordination with the IDF Home Front Command.
The working assumption shared by the Home Front Command and the IAEC management officials responsible for the two reactors is that the multilayered defense systems, which feature anti-missile missiles calibrated to intercept missiles at various heights, along with fortified installations, should be sufficiently effective to minimize damage in an attack against the reactors.
The IDF and the IAEC, which is subordinate to the prime minister, are prepared for the possibility of an attempted attack on the reactors during a conflict with Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon or Hamas and other Palestinian organizations in the Gaza Strip.
Such attacks could be carried out using missiles, rockets, planes or drones. Workers at the reactors will continue to report for duty, but will be active in specially fortified installations and bunkers, as happens with workers employed at other infrastructure or security facilities.
Israel played down the military impact of Iran's announcement, saying Tehran's forces were no match for the West's in the Gulf.
Originally posted by daaskapital
IMO, Israel is just making sure they have a plan in place, just in case # goes down. Yes, they get bombed by Gaza, but you know, they are just planning if something major happens, like if Assad decided to bomb Israel as a last resort for staying in power.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Anyway, if the thing blew up and the whole contested area would become a nuclear wasteland for the next thousands years, it would sure solve the who-controls-Jerusalem problem that has been plaguing the stinking area for the last 2000 years.
And some people say that nuclear energy has only disadvantages!edit on 3-1-2012 by Vitchilo because: (no reason given)
Those have been my thoughts exactly for years... I actually hope someone does nuke that place so at least the bloodshed over it comes to an end... after 2000 years. Its enough.