Col. Richard Kemp: ‘Iranian attack wasn’t symbolic, was meant to cause destruction’

Israel National News reports: “Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of the British military forces in Afghanistan, spoke to Israel National News – Arutz Sheva on Sunday about the Iranian assault on Israel in which the Jewish State was attacked with hundreds of UAVs and missiles overnight.

Saturday night’s attack included 170 UAVs, 30 cruise missiles, and 120 ballistic missiles. According to Col. Kemp, these weapons are deadlier than the majority of rockets that have been fired from Lebanon and Gaza by the Hezbollah and Hamas terrorist organizations.

‘I witnessed many of the air defense intercepts over Jerusalem last night. The explosions they caused were far greater than any rockets I have seen intercepted from Gaza or Lebanon. There is no doubt that every projectile that hit its target would have caused immense destruction and potentially significant loss of human life,’ he noted…

Col. Kemp stated that Iran was counting on more of its drones and missiles getting through Israel’s defenses and striking their targets. ‘Iran expected many more of its missiles to get through to their targets. They were probably calculating on the penetration rates the Russians have achieved in Ukraine, which have been far higher. Had even 10% of projectiles got to their targets there could have been severe devastation in Israel which is what Iran wanted in its ‘severe punishment’.

‘Do not make the mistake of thinking this was a symbolic attack designed to fail and send a message as some have suggested,’ he cautioned. ‘That would have been done with far fewer projectiles with less embarrassment to Iran if it failed which this one very clearly did.’…”

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