Feb 23, 07. Israeli defence and
security officials agree that Syria, with the backing of Iran, is apparently
preparing for war with the Jewish state, but do not believe that conflict
will erupt this year.
The Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip,
however, is a different story. The terrorist arms build-up in Gaza, coupled
with ongoing attacks from the area that are certain to one day result in a
mass-casualty incident is a recipe for war.
Gaza-based terrorists are firing
rockets into southern Israel on almost a daily basis. Many have come
dangerously close to hitting
strategic facilities in
Ashkelon that if struck, could result in the deaths of hundreds or thousands
of Israelis. If that happens, and it almost has on several occasions, Israel
would feel compelled to enter Gaza in force.
When the Israelis get there, they will
find a Hamas-led force armed with advanced weapons thanks to months of
successful smuggling via the Egyptian Sinai and employing Hizb’allah tactics
put to good use against the IDF last summer.
That spells a
prolonged and deadly fight against the “Palestinians” that is likely to end
with an enormous increase in international pressure on Israel to make
concessions. - Jerusalem Newswire