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NATIV   ■   Volume Fourteen   ■   Number 4-5 (81-82)  ■  September 2001   ■  Ariel Center for Policy Research




“Man Pads”* Shoulder Fired Anti-Aircraft Missiles –
What Do They Mean – Politically?

Yoash Tsiddon-Chatto

The successful interception of the arms smuggling boat “Santorini”, caught before it could deliver its load of Katyushas and SA-7-Strella anti-aircraft missiles to Arafat, should finally break the smug Israeli assumption that “Arafatehland”, the Arab West-Palestinian “state”, is going to stay demilitarized, as per the Oslo, etc., agreements.

Israeli “ostrich” policy brought about the freezing of the Ben Gurion 2000 airport design, declining to consider the fact that if a Palestinian entity were to emerge, the final approach to Ben-Gurion’s east-west runway will expose incoming aircraft at an optimum angle and range for the launching of SA-7s to down them.

The same policy led Israel to consider a secondary airport at Zikkim, between Ashkelon and Gaza, well within SA-7, Katyusha and even mortar range.

“We talk peace,” the writer was told by (former MK) Eli Goldschmidt, “if war comes, it’s the IDF’s, not our business.” One wonders whether Israel is two states: one for peace, the other for war.

The JED (Journal of Electronic Defense), April 2001 issue is devoted mostly to the shoulder missile’s importance, placing it among the breach-loaded rifle, the submarine, aircraft and radar, in the class of weapons that changed military thought, proving the article’s point with recent Gulf, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia statistics.

If/when a “no war” settlement between Israel and the Arabs of Judea, Samaria and Gaza will be renegotiated, Israel has to ensure that Strella-range and also terrorist overnight walking distance will not cover Israeli major targets.

*   Man Portable Air Defense System = Man Pads

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