MIDEAST > Israel ready for 30-day war after Iran strike: minister

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. AFP Photo

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. AFP Photo

Israel is prepared for a 30-day war on multiple fronts should it decide to strike Iran, and is "ready as never before" for such a clash, the outgoing home front defence minister said Wednesday.
In an interview with the Maariv newspaper, Matan Vilnai said Israel was ready to face the consequences of a clash with Iran that could be sparked if the Jewish state decides to launch a strike against Tehran's nuclear programme.
But he warned that any military engagement should be weighed carefully, and cautioned that Israel should "always coordinate" with the United States.
"The assessments are for a war that will last 30 days on a number of fronts," he said, repeating the predictions of other senior Israeli officials that the Jewish state would suffer around 500 deaths in such a clash.

"It could be that there will be less fatalities, but it could be there will be more, that is the scenario that we are preparing for according to the best experts." Speculation has risen in recent weeks about the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear programme, which the Jewish state and much of the international community believes masks a weapons drive.
Tehran vehemently denies those accusations, saying the programme is for peaceful energy and medical purposes.
As the speculation grows, observers in Israel have raised concern about the country's preparedness for war.
But Vilnai brushed aside such concerns, saying there was "no reason for hysteria." "I can say in the most authoritative manner that the home front is ready as never before in the country's history," he said.
Vilnai declined to say whether he thought Israel should take military action against Iran, but warned any such decision required serious consideration.
"The only question is if a clash is necessary. War is something that is better to postpone and weigh carefully," he said, adding that he thought the Jewish state should coordinate its military activity with Washington.
"I don't want to be dragged into an argument, but I say that the United States is our greatest friend and we must always coordinate such things with it," he said.
Some Israeli officials have warned that the Jewish state could launch a unilateral attack on Iranian nuclear facilities if it believes Tehran is close to acquiring a nuclear weapon, even over objections from Washington.
Vilnai is set to be replaced by Avi Dichter, a former internal security minister and ex-head of the country's Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency.
The post, which Vilnai is leaving to become ambassador to China, was reportedly turned down by a slew of other top officials.

Israel is widely suspected to have the region's sole, if undeclared, nuclear arsenal.


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american american

8/16/2012 9:12:33 PM

there is a nice bust of attila in nisantisi sanat park

George Smily

8/16/2012 1:07:53 PM

@ A/A, Simply put, China,simply put, is striving for International recognition as a Superpower, not withstanding their internal issues, that many nations, big and small have from timeto time. P.S. The Great Wall of China was built to keep out the Hueng-Neu, (the Northern Barbarians) know in the West as the Huns of Attila's fame. The Wall was built thru many Dynasties Turned out to be a failure in the end. China, beset byCivil Wars, invited the Manchu's from the North to rule them.

George Smily

8/16/2012 12:21:28 PM

@Lior Uziel - Like every coin, so does every story have two sides. You have it your way and I will have it my way. War is the result of failure of Diplomacy OR naked agresion!

american american

8/16/2012 11:56:55 AM

oh come on george! cuba plays a role in american elections. cheesey grits play a role in american elections. israel plays a role because of the electoral college. it's called pandering.

american american

8/16/2012 11:54:45 AM

what makes you think china cares about palestinians? they are dealing with tibetans and uighurs. championing a cause will bring their problems into more light. why did they build that wall? to keep turks out. they are not big fans of you. my money is on china supporting israel in the future. it is called realpolitik not idealpolitik. in fact, i could see the chinese supporting the kurds, as erdogan supports the uighurs.

Lior Uziel

8/16/2012 5:58:12 AM

@George Smily. in Lebanon and in Gaza the targets were terrorist organization using the population (even though supporting their cause) as human shields. They were firing thousands of shells ans mortars into cities in Israel. The IDF purpose was to stop the attacks with minimal casualties for civilians and been able to do that much better than UN in Iraq or Afghanistan. wrong facts on UN soldiers in Lebanon - proved to have been hit by Hezbollah.

George Smily

8/16/2012 3:57:22 AM

@Turkic V.You're Right,its' time for China to act on World Stage a sSuperpower & mediate between Iran, it's best oil customer & Israel, where it builds Railroad. TelAviv to Elat, can be outlet for Israeli Technology also source of ffuture cheap Labor. Russia is to close for Iran's comfort. USA lost all credability in the region by letting a Nation of less than 8 Million interject and play a role in National Policy & Elections in a Nation of 314 Million, is no longer considered an Honest Broker.

turkic voice

8/16/2012 12:15:05 AM

has isreal put russia and china into its equasion? any coments to iran or syria are basicly directed to these two big players haahahaha lol. they say the calculation done at home does not alwayes equal up to the final cost ???

Chris Tahos

8/15/2012 10:33:44 PM

I am unable to understand Iran's obsession with the destruction of Israel.Almost every single week we hear someone from state position to threaten Israel.It would be more constructive if they tried to improve the living standards of their people instead.Now it seems that the 1979 revolution against Sakh was a major stepback for this country.

George Smily

8/15/2012 10:13:25 PM

@agy e. Let's get the Facts streight - Last Lebanon Border War took place at an abondoned village, no civilias were there-IDF was cited for ahelling UN observers and arial bombing civilian areas of South Beyruth City. In Gaza, IDF was cited for willful destruction of housing from where civilians had fled, also shelling a UN compound, where civilians had fled fled, seeking shelter, Tanks fired Phosfourus shells.Hitting Iran's "Nuclear Facilities will release Nuclear Dust&Debris into the winds!
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