Repots from the Jerusalem Post
and Shanghai Daily
quote Yatom as saying this in an interview with Israel Radio. He was talking about a possible Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities the possible response that might incur -- hence rocket attacks from Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Yatom warned about the folly of painting an existential threat for Israel if it attacks Iran. He did acknowledge the fact that Iran possesses a few hundred missiles which can reach Israel but states that the main concern should be the tens of thousands of rockets possessed by Hezbollah and Hamas, militias operating on Israel's southern and northern frontiers.
He warned that these rockets have the range to "cover all of Israel, and that is the main problem."
Referencing the Second Lebanon War of 2006 Yatom said that if in the event of a war in the near future Israel "will have to stop the firing of missiles, both from the north and from the south, as quickly as possible."
In a cynical prediction of such an outbreak of war he said that Israel would need to "act with great force against infrastructure in Lebanon and Gaza, and it is possible that the price that Lebanon and Gaza will pay will be horrible," he stated before adding that Israel will be "liable to destroy, or likely to destroy, parts of Lebanon, and parts of Gaza, so that our citizens will not suffer and be killed."