Israel Boosting Defense of Nuclear Reactors Fearing Iranian Missile Attack

June 28, 2018


The Israel Atomic Energy Commission has been taking numerous steps to protect the nuclear reactors in Dimona and Nahal Sorek in light of assessments that Iran and Hezbollah see the reactors as preferred targets for missile attacks.

Commission members have said that such a scenario is the greatest danger related to the reactors today. Recently the IAEC held a large training exercise that simulated a missile attack on one of the reactors, and included the evacuation of employees and actions to prevent a leak of radioactive materials.

A missile strike that hits a nuclear reactor would be a major propaganda achievement for Iran or Hezbollah, say commission members. But it would not endanger Israelis. For example, a senior official on the IAEC said that the c\Commission has moved its headquarters recently from Ramat Aviv in northern Tel Aviv to near the Nahal Sorek nuclear reactor – and even if a missile hits the reactor the employees will be safe.

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