Gantz: Nuclear Iran is an Existential Threat (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 02/23/12)
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IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz warned on Wednesday that a nuclear-
armed Iran would be an existential threat to the State of Israel.
Speaking at a memorial ceremony for Major Eitan Belachsan, who was
killed by Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon in 1999, Gantz said, “The
Iranian nuclear development is an existential threat. Even though
there is a crack between Tehran, Damascus and Beirut, Lebanon is
Gantz also referred to the changes in the Middle East in light of the
Arab Spring and said that “this is a very complex reality. The Middle
East of 14 months ago is not today’s Middle East and is not
necessarily the Middle East of 14 months from now.”
Commenting on the subject of Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt, Gantz
said, “The peace treaty with Egypt is very important to us and we
should make every effort to preserve it while at the same time
keeping a close watch” on what is going on in Egypt.
The extremist Muslim Brotherhood, which clinched the majority in
recent parliamentary elections in Egypt, threatened to cancel the
peace treaty with Israel by putting the issue up for a referendum and
letting Egyptians decide. Potential presidential candidate Amr Moussa
later rejected the possibility that Egypt will cancel the peace
treaty it signed with Israel in 1979.
Finally, the Chief of Staff addressed Tuesday’s decision by the
Supreme Court that the ‘Tal Law’ for religious exemptions from the
IDF is illegal.
“We need to find a way to integrate everyone in the army,” said
Gantz. “Military service is mandatory in Israel and not a possible
alternative. Everyone can and should serve - it is a necessity.”
He added, “The challenges in the Middle East have changed but what
should not change is our commitment to ourselves and to our actions.
The security challenges not the only ones in Israel, but they are
valid - active, present and threatening.
“There is a continuing growing trend among those who join the army of
people who want to do more, but at the same time there is also a
decrease in the percentage of those who join the army,” said
Gantz. “The reality in which the majority serves in the military may
change and the State of Israel should be concerned about that
reality.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 02/23/12)
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