Sun 14 Apr 2024 12:29 pm - Jerusalem Time

Hebrew media: Intercepting Iran's attack costs Israel $1.35 billion

The Hebrew newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said that Israel's interception of dozens of Iranian missiles and drones last night cost it up to 5 billion shekels ($1.35 billion).

On Sunday, the newspaper quoted Brigadier General Ram Aminah, the former financial advisor to the Israeli Chief of Staff, as saying: “The cost of defense last night was estimated at between 4-5 billion shekels” ($1.08-1.35 billion).

Aminah added: “I am only talking here about objection to what the Iranians launched, and I am not talking about injuries that were marginal this time.”

He said: “One “Haetz” (Arrow) missile, used to intercept an Iranian ballistic missile, costs $3.5 million, while the cost of one “Magic Wand” missile is $1 million, in addition to the sorties of aircraft that participated in intercepting the Iranian marches. ".

Earlier on Sunday, the Hebrew newspaper "Haaretz" quoted Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari as saying that about 350 missiles and drones were launched from Iran at Israel, most of which were intercepted.

He confirmed that minor damage had occurred at the Nevatim air base in Beersheba (south)... “99 percent of the threats made against Israel last night were intercepted.”

He added that 25 out of 30 cruise missiles were intercepted. Of the more than 120 ballistic missiles, only a few of them penetrated Israeli territory and landed at the Nevatim air base.

Hagari pointed out that "Iran's attempt to destroy the capabilities of the Israeli Air Force has failed, and that the base (Nevatim) continues to operate and aircraft are leaving to carry out missions."

He said that in addition to the launches from Iran, missiles and drones were also launched from the territories of Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen.

On Saturday evening, Iranian state television said, “The Revolutionary Guard began an air operation with drones against targets in the occupied territories,” while the Israeli army announced that Iran had launched a drone attack.

The Iranian attack comes in response to the consular section of the Iranian embassy in Damascus, at the beginning of April, being subjected to an Israeli missile attack, which resulted in the killing of 7 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, including prominent General Mohammad Reza Zahedi.

Israel did not officially acknowledge the assassination of Zahedi, but it did not deny responsibility for the assassination either.


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Hebrew media: Intercepting Iran's attack costs Israel $1.35 billion