Israel expects to fight WMD in 'multi-front war' - 'After
the Arab Spring, we assess that a winter of radical Islam
Posted: September 12, 2011
8:40 pm Eastern
WASHINGTON – The Israeli military, alarmed by the increasing
hostility that is coming from Middle East and North African
countries as a result of the "Arab Spring," is forecasting there
is a "likelihood of an all-out war with the possibility of weapons
of mass destruction being used," according to a report.
In an address before the Institute for National Security Studies,
Home Front Command chief Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg said that
governments previously supported by the United States and Israel,
particularly Egypt and Turkey, are turning against Israel.
"After the Arab Spring, we assess that a winter of radical Islam
will arrive and as a result the possibility for a multi-front war
has increased including the potential use of weapons of mass
destruction," Eisenberg said.
In referring to WMDs, Eisenberg pointed to the prospect of Iran's
development of a nuclear program and the prospect of a WMD attack
on Israel. He also referred to Iran's assistance to Lebanon's
Iranian-backed Hezbollah and to the Gaza Strip's Hamas. He claimed
that Hezbollah is dominating the Lebanese army and has gained
access to its weapons.
"In Lebanon, Hezbollah is growing stronger within government arms,
but it has not lost its desire to harm Israel," he said.
For its part, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah
has stated that Hezbollah will attack Israel only if Israel
With Eisenberg's statement cleared prior to its presentation, his
warning about Egypt and Turkey in particular was the first time
they have been identified as potential belligerents against the
Turkey and Egypt had maintained strategic relations with Israel
until unrelated events drew the countries in separate directions.
"In Egypt, the army is collapsing under the burden of regular
security operations," the general said. "And this is reflected in
the loss of control in the Sinai and the turning of the border
with Israel into a terror border, with the possibility that Sinai
will fall under the control of an Islamic entity."
Regarding Turkey, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak urged Turkey
to reduce tensions in expressing concern over the poor relations
between Israel and Turkey.