Whatever is coming this summer will not have the same misdirected response of last summer. For Iran, Hizbullah, and Syrian to assume that the next round will be like last summer is simply not realistic.
From his home in Galilee, Daniel has seen many rigorous military exercises conducted by the IDF over the last year. Now the World Tribune reports that Israel is bracing for July war with up to five enemies,
Israel is preparing for an imminent war with Iran, Syria and/or their non-state clients.
Israeli military intelligence has projected that a major attack could come from any of five adversaries in the Middle East. Officials said such a strike could spark a war as early as July 2007.
On Sunday, Israeli military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin told the Cabinet that the Jewish state faces five adversaries in what could result in an imminent confrontation. Yadlin cited Iran, Syria, Hizbullah, Hamas and Al Qaida.
"Each of these adversaries is capable of sparking a war in the summer," Yadlin was quoted as saying. ...Already, military intelligence has assessed that Hamas acquired more than 50 missiles with a range of 22 kilometers. Officials said this would allow Palestinian missile strikes on any part of Ashkelon, the largest city in southeastern Israel and which contains strategic sites.
Daniel wrote, "I think Iran will not like the response." Matters in the region were not helped when Mohammad al Habash, member of the Syrian parliament, recently appeared on Al Jazeera.
Al Habash said Syria was "actively preparing for war with Israel, which he said he expected to break out this summer." This month Israel's military engaged in war games in preparation for a Syrian attack. "Israel seeks peace with Syria," Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said. But he cautioned "miscalculations that could cause the security situation to worsen".
Israeli intelligence officials' warning of the rising probability of war are not new. They have known that since the end of the southern Lebanon conflict that Syria has spent enormous sums on modern armaments and has moved army units closer to its border with Israel.