Iran has no capability to defend against a missile strike, said Ferrero, the expert on Middle East missile arsenals.
“If the Jerichos are accurate enough to get to their targets, they will get to their targets,” he said.
What Iran does have is hundreds of Shahab 3 medium range ballistic missiles, according to U.S. estimates. The Shahab 3 also has a range of roughly 900 miles.
Israel, possibly supplemented by U.S. shipborne anti-missile systems – the Aegis Standard Missile-2 — could intercept and destroy some of the incoming Iranian missiles, said Ferrero. But the numbers favor Iran, he said.