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ISRAEL LINE FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1998

MORDECHAI ESTABLISHES TEAM TO ANALYZE IRANIAN THREAT

Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai established a special team to analyze the internal developments in, and the threats posed by, Iran, HA'ARETZ reported. Mordechai's chief assistant, David Ivri, who directs a separate group formulating Israel's response to the Iranian threat, will head the new team.

The Defense Ministry noted four objections to Iranian policy which will guide Israel's attitude toward Iran: Iran's supply of weapons to Hizbullah, support of terrorism against Israel, objection to the peace process and non-recognition of Israel. The latter three points are the basis for Israel's ongoing dialogue with the United States concerning the Iranian threat. Professor Angelo Kodwila has conducted research on the Arrow anti-missile missile at Jerusalem's Institute of Strategic and Advanced Political Studies, and concluded that the Arrow is not capable of defending against the missiles currently being developed by Iran.

The research shows that Iran is developing missiles that would enter Israel's air space at twice the speed of the targets the Arrow missile would be able to destroy. Kodwila says that the solution to this problem lies in the development of a more advanced Arrow missile.