2. Israeli flags (Israeli national flags and Israeli Air Force flag) in front of missile batteries, pull out
3. Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister arriving
4. Close shot, Sharon
5. Zoom into mid shot, Sharon
6. Wide shot, Arrow missile battery
7. Mid shot, Sharon
8. SOUNDBITE: (Hebrew) Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister
"All the steps have been taken. I think we have done the best possible. Yes, there is a danger, I assess it as a minor danger but it exists but we have prepared the best possible solutions that can be given. Therefore I request from Israeli citizens to act calmly, to listen to all the instructions that are given and that will be given in the future if need be and to know that everything possible has been done."
Standing alongside four Arrow anti-missile batteries in the drizzling rain, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon assured Israeli citizens on Wednesday that the country was prepared for any fallout from a US-led war on Iraq.
Sharon was visiting the Ein Shemer army base in Northern Israel, not far from the frontier with the West Bank.
Israel's army is preparing for an possible US attack to begin in the coming weeks, and is taking precautions against the possibility that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will again fire Scud missiles at Israel, as he did in the 1991 Gulf War.
Sharon said there was only a small chance that Saddam would target Israel.
He called on citizens to remain calm, saying the army is making thorough preparations to guard against a possible biological or chemical weapons attack.
"The Defence Ministry has taken all the necessary measures to provide the greatest defence for Israel, which includes the measures we are looking at today - the Arrow," Sharon told reporters after touring the Ein Shemer army base, in northern Israel, not far from the frontier with the West Bank.
During the previous Gulf war, Iraq fired 39 Scud missiles at Israeli towns and cities, causing great damage and fear, but few casualties.
At the time, Israel distributed gas masks to residents and called on people to seal rooms to protect against a possible biological or chemical strike.
However, all the Iraqi missiles carried conventional warheads.
Israel and the United States jointly developed the Arrow anti-missile system after the 1991 war, during which the Patriot anti-missile system had only limited success.
If faced with a strike this time, Israel will use the Arrow as its first line of defence, and the Patriot as a backup system, the military says.