Daily Israel Report

Threat of War

Military historian Dr. Aryeh Yitzchaki was asked today how he reads the reported Egyptian decision to call up its reserves for \"exercises.\" His response:



\"All the classic warning signs are there, and it is clear that we are poised for war, possibly within two months...\"
First Publish: 3/4/2001, 6:43 PM

Military historian Dr. Aryeh Yitzchaki was asked today how he reads the reported Egyptian decision to call up its reserves for \"exercises.\" His response:
\"All the classic warning signs are there, and it is clear that we are poised for war, possibly within two months. I don\'t want to scare anyone, but as opposed to IDF Military Intelligence, my opinion for the last two years has been that war will erupt in the spring of 2001, and it will involve not only the Palestinian Authority and Hizbullah, but also Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. The Egyptian Army does not need reserves - it\'s an army built on its standing force, and therefore Israel\'s denials of the Egyptian call-up are not relevant. The Egyptian Army is poised for war; it has created new regiments, has been training intensively, and has acquired the most up-to-date American equipment... I am happy that despite the IDF\'s denials of my prognosis, Intelligence Chief Head Maj.-Gen. Amos Malka is beginning to agree with me.\" Yitzchaki said that despite reports that Iraq and Iran will have nuclear weapons only three and five years from now, respectively, \"I have reliable information that Iraq already has one nuclear bomb - and this explains his recent \'chutzpah\' vis-a-vis the Americans - and that Iran will have one ready by the end of this year.\"

PA Communications Chief Imad Falouji told a PLO rally in southern Lebanon on Friday that the recent intifada had nothing to do with Ariel Sharon\'s walk on the Temple Mount. The disturbances were planned after the peace talks failed in July, according to Falouji. \"It [the uprising] had been planned since Arafat\'s return from Camp David, when he turned the tables on the former US president and rejected the American conditions,\" Falouji said. PA officials rejected Falouji\'s statement, reiterating that it was Ariel Sharon\'s visit to the Temple Mount that had set off the violence. He also told the roaring crowd of supporters that the PLO is now reorganizing to escalate the violence against Israel: \"We are going back to the \'60s, \'70s, and \'80s. The Fatah Hawks, the Kassam Brigades, the Red Eagle, and all the military action groups are returning to work.\"

Shots were fired at an IDF jeep this afternoon near the town of Beit Haggai, south of Hevron. No one was hurt, and IDF soldiers returned fire.

An Israeli citizen stabbed four Palestinian workers at the Agron St. supermarket in Jerusalem today. They are all in light condition, and were treated on the spot by Magen David Adom workers. The police reported that the stabbings were not a reaction to today\'s Palestinian terrorist attack, but were perpetrated by a man who had been caught stealing.