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Israel ready for 30-day war after Iran strike: Minister

Israeli home front defence minister says Israel could withstand a 30-day war on many of its front; stresses need for US support if a decision to strike Iran is taken

AFP , Wednesday 15 Aug 2012
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Matan Vilnai sits aboard a helicopter on his way to the Golan Heights during a tour of fortifications near the Israeli-Lebanese border October 20, 2009, (Photo: Reuters).
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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 self-proclaimed 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 Israel 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 Israel 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.

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

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 Israel 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 Israel 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.

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ARCHIE DEAN
13-09-2012 09:06pm
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Israels next war
the next war will last 3 days . Israel will take back the temple mount.Revival will begin in America, Obama nation will no longer be in power[lies from democrates and republicians].A new tree will bud in washington,dc.Trust in the God of Abraham,Issac and Jacob not America.
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jed
03-09-2012 04:42am
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war?
Don't say that sharom, you do not know whats real treat for Israel from their neighbor Islam countries. not only for israel but also for the whole world.
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Samantha Criscione
16-08-2012 03:52am
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"Self proclaimed" Jewish state?
The self-proclaimed Jewish state? Three points: 1) There are how many Muslim states in the world? The Israeli media calls *none* pf them "self-proclaimed." Wouldn't it reflect well on Egypt's flagship newspaper, Al Ahram, to emulate that policy? 2) It is a crime in Israel to deprive Muslims of freedom of religion. How many practicing Jews remain in Egypt, where, of course, Jews long preceded Muslims? 3) The "self-proclaimed" Jewish state has been around for over six decades. Doesn't calling it "self-proclaimed" support a policy of liquidation? --Samantha Criscione
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sharom Ben
16-08-2012 01:58am
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World war 3 is what Israel wants
Isreal has nuclear weapons, they should not posses them and neither should Iran acquire them. How can Israel expect another country not to have them when itself has them. Ironically Israel is the warmonger and hence cursed by God. One can never be in peace if he is always causing trouble. Once bullied and now the bully is a dangerous person. I would not be surprised if Israel causes the next world war. Sickens me when diplomatic and logical solutions exist and Israel is always blood thirsty. A sick country and sick people who are always ready to manipulate, lie, steal land and kill and they think their chosen by God. Biggest bullshit ever. No real God would choose you in the present. Your not God fearing but monsters with sick minds. I.E the majority of you, there are some good in you guys but most of you are sick, this is the truth.
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