Gantz: Israel super-ready to attack Iran if needed (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 06/05/12)
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Israeli preparedness to attack Iran is a major deterrent, IDF Chief
of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee on Tuesday.
Gantz listed reasons Tehran may give up on nuclear weapons: “The
vectors of international diplomatic isolation, economic pressure and
sanctions, disturbances to the [nuclear] project that I won’t get
into and a credible military threat .
“In order to be a credible military threat, we must be super-ready,
and as far as I’m concerned, we’re super-read,” the Chief of Staff
Gantz explained that Iran has yet to determine whether to use its
nuclear capabilities for weapons, and only Teheran can make that
final decision. The IDF is prepared for either scenario.
“There is a lot of chatter and public debate on this matter,” he
pointed out. “The Iranian issue – capabilities or lack thereof, how
things are developing and where its going – is very dynamic, and very
few people know what is possible or impossible.”
Gantz said many people claim to know what is happening, but they do
not, and the public debate and professional debate are far from each
“Some people used to know, and they don’t today,” he stated, in
reference to former defense establishment officials like former
Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency)
chief Yuval Diskin, who have said an attack on Iran would not be
Gantz said the IDF is concerned about arms smuggling between
Hezbollah and Syria, saying there is more movement than ever before,
and Iran and Hezbollah are very involved in Syria.
Instability in the Golan Heighs has increased as a result of the
situation in Syria, and the amount of security issues near the border
has increased, although there has not yet been any terrorist activity.
The IDF Chief of Staff called Syria a “lose-lose situation,” because
if Syrian President Bashar Assad falls, radical elements will take
over. If he remains in power, he will be weak, and there will be
“Good things won’t happen in Syria,” Gantz said, explaining that
there is likely to be an increase in arms smuggling in either case.
Gantz also called for the IDF to compile a multi-year plan with an
increased budget, saying that the military is currently “floating
like a raft, not sailing like a boat.”
“The framework of the budget does not allow a reasonable continuation
of a multi-year plan in the complex strategic reality and negative
trends,” he stated. “We must ensure our ability to attack from the
air and ground at the same time. I must ensure that the active units
are not hollow and can fulfill any mission.”
Gantz also said he has total faith in the Air Force and intelligence,
but that he must make sure to preserve their power.
“We have to know where to hammer the nail,” he quipped. (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 06/05/12)
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