ISRAEL LINE MONDAY, JULY 28, 1997
IRANIAN MISSILES WILL THREATEN ISRAEL WITHIN TWO YEARS
According to senior security officials, Israel will face the threat of Iranian long-range ground-to-ground missiles within two years, YEDIOT AHARONOT reported. The officials said that Iranian work on their missile project will be concluded by 1999, and will result in missiles that can be launched from Iran to strike targets in Israel.
By October 1997, the Israel Air Force will begin preparing the Arrow anti-missile missile for use and, by the beginning of next year, a radar system developed specifically for the Arrow missile will come into operation. The Arrow missiles are expected to be fully functional by 1999. HA'ARETZ reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed the Russian Government that Israel will not sign any significant economic agreement as long as Russia continues to sell ground-to-ground missile technology to Iran.