Israel's Leaders hole up in nuclear bunker
Officials said it was the first time that the security cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin
Israel has held increasingly sweeping civil defense drills since the 2006 Lebanon war, during which Hezbollah guerrillas fired thousands of short-range rockets at its northern towns.
There have been similar salvoes from Hamas and other Palestinian factions in the Gaza
"It is certainly an extreme scenario," Homefront Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said of Wednesday's exercise, dubbed "Turning Point 5", which envisaged heavy shelling and thousands of dead and wounded on several Israeli fronts.
"We assume that our enemies would not dare to operate this way, given our deterrent power," he told Army Radio.
More passive approach?
Reputed to have the Middle
Israel launched a similar sortie against Syria in 2007 but its veiled threats to tackle Iran's remote and fortified uranium
World powers say they prefer a negotiated resolution with Iran, which denies seeking the bomb.
Disclosures of the Jerusalem bunker's existence prompted some Israelis to question whether their country, which has also been developing an elaborate ballistic missile shield, was taking a more passive approach to potential nuclear threats.
Officials say that providing Israeli leaders with a secret haven from which to respond to attacks would in itself discourage, or at least contain, any future war.