General Warns: Terror to Move East (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 06/19/12)
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As Israel completes work on the Sinai border fence, the defense
establishment must look to the eastern border as the next threat, IDF
General (res.) Tzvika Fogel warned in an interview with Arutz Sheva.
Fogel, who served as the Head of Southern Command, explained that
terrorists now operating in Sinai are likely to circumvent the fence
by traveling to Jordan.
Fogel called on the government to respond to the imminent threat from
Jordan by building a fence on that border, as well. Years ago he
called to build a fence on the Egyptian border, he recalled, “They
looked at me like I was crazy, and today everyone is rushing to
“I recommend building the fence on the Jordan border today, or at the
latest, tomorrow,” he added.
Terror in Sinai will remain a threat as well, he said. “Defense of
270 kilometers of terrorist activity is nearly impossible,” he noted,
comparing the length of the Egyptian border to the relatively small
size of Gaza.
Terrorists have created “a second Lebanon” in Gaza, he said. By
taking advantage of the current instability in the area, they have
drawn the fight away from Gaza itself, he noted, thus avoiding a
situation in which Gaza residents suffer due to their leaders’
attacks on Israel.
Ultimately, Israel will be forced to operate within Sinai, he
predicted, just as Israel was ultimately drawn into Lebanon.
If attacks from Sinai grow worse, he warned, Egypt is likely to push
for more of its troops to be allowed in the area, in violation of its
treaty with Israel. Israel will face international pressure to
Israel could prevent future suffering by hitting Gaza terrorist
groups hard today, he declared. However, he said, such action is
unlikely, because the public tends to see operations in light of the
current situation, without taking future threats into account. If he
were Prime Minister he would do it anyway, he said, “I know how to do
what is good for the people, not what the people want.”
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/19/12)
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