Under the title, "Israel's" Next War: We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Haaretz daily cautioned that "next time around, war with Hezbollah is likely to hurt."
According to the daily, "In 2006, during 34 days of fighting, 4,000 rockets landed and 53 "Israelis" were killed. Come 2014, the 50-day conflict and 3,360 rockets resulted in just two rocket-related deaths."
"The next war isn't going to look like that. The round figure everyone uses for Hezbollah's missile arsenal is 100,000," David Rosenberg wrote in Haaretz.
He further mentioned that "No one disputes that the Shiite "militia" is well-armed, and more importantly, many of its missiles carry much more powerful warheads and are much more accurate than they were in 2006. Hezbollah's arsenal includes attack drones and coast-to-sea missiles, too."
"...Against an onslaught of thousands of missiles, no Domes, Slings or Arrows will be able to provide the kind of defense "Israelis" have grown used to. "Israel's" infrastructure and economic activity are vulnerable to even a limited missile attack from Hezbollah," Rosenberg added.
The writer further cautioned in his Haaretz piece that: "Geographically, "Israel" is small... with no hinterland, which means facilities for electric power and water are concentrated in small areas. More than a quarter of electric power is generated at just two sites. Natural gas is produced at a single offshore field and delivered via a single pipeline. A large portion of our exports derive from a single industrial plant."
"A prolonged missile war will almost certainly bring business to a halt," he warned.
According to Haaretz contributor, "In 2006, that's what happened in the north, but that was a relatively small part of the economy; the next war will almost certainly encompass Tel Aviv. Factories will have to close and orders will be delayed; multinational research and development centers won't be able to meet their timetables; airlines will suspend flights to "Israel"; and basic services like banking could be brought to a halt."
"The physical damage would be costly enough, but the shuttering of the economy and the media coverage could be many times worse," Rosenberg predicted, pointing out that "in the worst-case scenario, a post-war "Israel" would no longer be seen by global investors and businesses as a safe place to put their money and do deals.
Imagine Startup Nation without the constant flow of cross-border capital and mergers and acquisitions. The fantasyland of the last 11 years would disappear in a matter of days or weeks."
Source: Haaretz, Edited by website team