U.S. Warns Israel’s Iron Dome Could Be Overwhelmed by Hezbollah

By Yoni Weiss

View of an Iron Dome anti-missile system. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

The United States officials have expressed “serious concerns” that a full-scale war between Israel and the Lebanon-based, Iran-backed Hezbollah could overwhelm Israel’s air defenses in the north, including the highly regarded Iron Dome air defense system, three U.S. officials told CNN on Thursday.

These concerns have reportedly been communicated to Israel, highlighting Hezbollah’s extensive arsenal of missiles and drones.

According to the report, Israeli officials have informed their U.S. counterparts about plans to shift resources from the south to northern Israel “in preparation for a possible offensive against the group.”

“We assess that at least some Iron Dome batteries will be overwhelmed,” CNN quoted a senior administration official.

An Israeli official cited in the report mentioned that in a large-scale attack, Hezbollah is likely to primarily use precision-guided weapons that the group has been stockpiling from Iran for years.

Earlier in June, Hezbollah claimed its drone damaged an Iron Dome battery at an IDF base in northern Israel. The video released by the group appeared to be the first documented instance of the system successfully being hit, noted CNN.

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