Israel says it won’t stay on sidelines if Syria attacks: 100 times stronger militarily since Gulf War

A woman shows a child how to put on a gas mask at a distribution center in Tel Aviv. Israelis are bracing for an attack after Syria vowed to strike Israel if Syria is struck by the United States.  (Uriel Sinai / Getty Images / August 26, 2013)
August 28, 2013JERUSALEMDuring the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Israel endured dozens of Scud missiles launched by Saddam Hussein’s forces, but refrained from retaliating because of U.S. concern that Israeli involvement would fracture the international coalition it had built against Iraq. As the United States prepares for a possible military attack against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons, Israeli leaders are making it clear that they have no intention of standing down this time if attacked. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday issued the starkest warning to date in response to recent saber-rattling by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, which has said it might respond to a U.S. strike by attacking Israel. ‘We are not part of the civil war in Syria, but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond with great force,” Netanyahu said after huddling for a second consecutive day with key Cabinet members to discuss the possible ramifications of a U.S. strike against Syria. Speaking at a memorial service for fallen soldiers, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said, “Those seeking to strike us will find us sharper and fiercer than ever. Our enemies must know we are determined to take any action needed to defend our citizens.” Their comments followed statements this week by Syrian officials that they would hold Israel responsible for any U.S. strike. On Monday, Khalaf Muftah, a senior official in the ruling Baath Party, accused Israel of being “behind the [Western] aggression” and warned that Israel “will therefore come under fire.” Syrian officials often seek to focus blame on Israel as a way of rallying support among the Syrian people.
Israel’s vow to strike back is a far cry from 1991, when Iraqi Scuds pounded Tel Aviv, Haifa and other Israeli cities. Two Israelis were killed in direct hits and scores were wounded. Then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, a military hawk from the conservative Likud Party, bowed to pressure from President George H.W. Bush to refrain from responding to Iraq’s attempts to draw Israel into the fighting. The U.S. feared that Arab nations that had joined the U.S.-led coalition would balk at participating in a military action against Iraq alongside Israel. “It was a very hard decision for us,” said Zalman Shoval, who served as Israel’s U.S. ambassador during the war. “But Iraq was a different proposition altogether from Syria. This time there’s no doubt Israel will respond.” He said Israel acquiesced in 1991 partly as a goodwill gesture to the Bush administration and partly because it was unclear whether Israel would be able to retaliate effectively without U.S. cooperation. “Today Israel is a hundred times stronger militarily than it was during the Gulf War,” said Shoval, who now works as an international envoy for Netanyahu’s government. “And with American leadership in the Middle East much weaker now than it was at that time, Israel does not have to give in to pressure from Washington to not respond if Israel is directly attacked.” Israel is by far the Middle East’s strongest military power, reportedly with a nuclear weapons arsenal that it has never publicly acknowledged. So far the Obama administration does not appear to be pressuring Israel to refrain from responding if it is directly attacked, Shoval said. U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies have been sharing information about the Syrian unrest, including the apparent use of chemical weapons. A report Saturday in Germany’s Focus magazine said Israel’s famed 8200 intelligence unit had intercepted communications among Syrian officials discussing last week’s alleged chemical attacks. It said the wiretap helped U.S. officials conclude that Assad’s regime was responsible. –LA Times
Israel calls up reservists: Ahead of the US strike on Syria, the Israeli security cabinet in special session Wednesday, Aug. 28, ordered the partial mobilization of select, qualitative IDF reserve forces: Rocket, Air Force, missile interception, Home Defense command and intelligence units. Anti-missile Arrow, Patriot and Iron Dome systems were spread out more widely than ever before across the country. U.S. and Syria wound up last military preparations for the US strike. Barring last-minute hold-ups, debkafile’s military sources report the American operation is scheduled to start Friday night, early Saturday Aug. 30-31. In the past 24 hours, the US Air Force finished a major buildup at the big US Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. B-1B bombers and F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were brought over from other US Mid East air facilities on the Omani island of Masirah and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. On the opposite side, the Syrian army Tuesday started scattering personnel, weapons and air assets to safe places to reduce their exposure to damage and losses from US assaults. Our military sources report that personnel, tanks and artillery of the Syrian Army’s 4th and Republican Guard Divisions, which are held responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical attack on civilians, were being moved into fortified shelters built last year against potential foreign military intervention. –Debka
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16 Responses to Israel says it won’t stay on sidelines if Syria attacks: 100 times stronger militarily since Gulf War

  1. Mehö says:

    And what about Israel? They’re using chemical bomb on cicilian target since 15 years now. Will USA strike on them?

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  2. Rhonda says:

    The burden of Damascus, Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. Isaiah 17:1

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    • Star says:

      You are soo right. Could happed any time now. And everything the Lord said would follow that event. Jerusalem will sit in the heart(middle) of Israel again. All of this is coming to life before our eyes.

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  3. Dennis E. says:

    Somebody is trying very hard to start trouble in the middle east. The whole world could go up in flames. Are we days/weeks from seeing Damacus completely destroyed?

    It seems that much of the American public is out of touch of what really could happen.

    Israel is not playing. I believe they will use tactical nuclear weapons to eliminate the huge number of missiles aimed at them. There is no way conventional weapons such as the iron dome could defend against the onslaught. Granted that some of those missiles take time to set up and could be destroyed in the process, but 40,000?
    God forbid a chemical weapon explodes on their land.

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    • IMG

      I think this is more serious than many people realize. According to Israeli sources, “In the past 24 hours, the US Air Force finished a major buildup at the big US Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. B-1B bombers and F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were brought over from other US Mid East air facilities on the Omani island of Masirah and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.”

      The fact that the U.S. is repositioning deep-penetration stealth aircraft (F-22) and heavy bombers in the region, suggest the degree of seriousness of the U.S. threat to incapacitate Syria. And if Syria attacks Israel; Israel won’t stop until the country is reduced to ruins. This could spiral out of control very quickly if Hezbollah and Iran also launched reprisals against Israel.

      God help us all

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  4. Irene C says:

    I believe that we might be seeing the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 (the burden of Damascus) followed rapidly by the Psalm 83 prophecy (the coalition that attacks Israel – and looses). I don’t think that Iran (Persia) and Russia (Gog) will be heavily involved although they may have a presence. Their move will come when they come against Israel while there is peace (the Gog-Magog war in Ezekiel 38). Of course, this is all IMO and only God knows how this will play out. We here are powerless to stop what is happening so my advice is to put in some serious prayer time. Once these events start happening, it won’t be long before our Lord Jesus returns.

    “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20)

    Maranatha

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  5. Andrew says:

    John 3:16. For God so loved the world He gave His only Son, Jesus that whosoever belives in him will not perish but have everlasting life. Think about that, whosoever, thats us.

    Now is the time to accept the fogiveness of your’s and my sins through the shed blodd of Jesus Christ on the crosss. Simply ask, dear Jessu I am a sinner please forgive me, live inside of me and cleanse me from all my sins. I accept your death and resurrection from the grave. I pray this God in Jesus’s name Amen

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  6. Robert says:

    Pure evil. Let the rest of world figure this out. Why is Obama so bent on killing Christians and leading us into ruin? Is this agenda 21? Or are they just a small group of thugs looking to transfer wealth and stick it to white people? What the heck do we think we are doing anyway, lets spend the effort and money fixing America and getting real healthcare. The same jerks who got caught running guns and missles in bengazi are now doing it again in Syria. But don’t worry, just keep hating each other, drinking coffee, using drugs and playing video games. Sheep. You better run when the dog comes to heard you into fema camps.

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  7. Maria says:

    Russia just did an investigation. They determined the gov wasnt using chemicals. It was the rebels. This was after the sloppy investigation the US did. This is insanity. I hate whats going on!!!! There is no reason for it. No good is going to come out of this

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  8. Tommy says:

    When Israel bombed Damascus, the Syrians held back and didn’t retaliate. If Israel attacks again, they will be squashed like a bug beneath the foot.

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  9. quantum soul says:

    Well, I for one am excited to see our centralist, hell-bent-on-global-domination psychopathic overloads accelerating their agenda. God forbid we should somehow avert the inevitable destruction of the planet and the mass extinction of our species in a global thermonuclear holocaust. Bravo globalists!! Keep up the Satanic, ritualistic slaughter. Bombs away…

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