IDF: Nuclear Iran By End Of 2009|
Army's Intelligence branch claims Iranian regime getting stronger,
will stay in
power; Hizbullah gathering strength as well. DM: Every
passing day brings
us closer to broad military incursion in Gaza
In a briefing to the Knesset's
Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday, Yossi Baidatz, head of
research at Military Intelligence, updated government officials on the
strength of Israel's foes. According to the brigadier-general, Iran's current regime is not in danger of collapsing
and may go nuclear by the end of 2009, Syria is upsizing its weapons
arsenal and Hizbullah is getting stronger.
On the Lebanese front, Baidatz said: "Hizbuallah is learning how to
live with UNIFL, and they are getting stronger. They carried out a
training exercise to convey two messages: one, that they are unfazed by
Israeli military maneuvers and, two, as an internal message to showcase
Hizbullah's strength in Lebanon."
In Damascus, Syria continues to strengthen its military capabilities by
acquiring Russian-made anti-tank weapons and anti-aircraft systems,
according to the intelligence chief. In addition, the Bashar Assad regime
continues to transfer weapons from Iran to Hizbullah in Lebanon.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak also weighed in on the discussion and said
that a wide-scale military operation in Gaza is looming overhead.
"We have the ability to act. The considerations have not yet formed the
basis for a major campaign in
Gaza, but every day that passes brings us close to one—including the
necessity to deal with the tunnels and the smuggling. I believe that if
the flow of weapons and the (rocket and mortar) shootings continue, sooner
or later, we will be forced to initiate a broad offensive in the Strip."
Original article: Worthy News
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