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Published Wednesday 09/10/2013 12:51
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The head of Israel's armed forces has painted a grim picture of a future war in which the country could come under simultaneous attack in many ways.

"The war could open with a surgical missile strike on the general staff building in the heart of the Kiriya (defense ministry complex) in Tel Aviv," Lieutenant General Benny Gantz told a conference in remarks broadcast by public radio on Wednesday.

"It is possible that there will be a cyber attack on a site supplying the daily needs of Israeli citizens; that traffic lights would stop working or the banks would be paralyzed," he added.

Gantz said that Lebanon's Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement could pose a major threat.

"The accuracy of their missiles will increase dramatically, and if Hezbollah chooses to strike a pinpoint target, almost anywhere in Israel, it could do so," the military's website quoted him as saying.

Hezbollah, whose southern Lebanon heartland borders Israel, fought the neighboring country in a 2006 showdown that killed some 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and nearly 160 Israelis, most of them soldiers.

Gantz postulated that along with a missile hit on the military headquarters, patrols on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights could come under attack from Islamic militant groups.

"The Chief of Staff will be told that there are three kidnapped soldiers, one of whom is a battalion commander," he said.

"Responsibility for the incident will likely be taken by a terrorist organization, either from global Jihad or another organization without a specific affiliation.

"The pastoral landscape of the Golan Heights... could turn with a sudden bang into a battleground of blood, fire and pillars of smoke," Gantz added.

Israel seized the strategic northern plateau from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move the international community does not recognize.

The military website quoted Gantz as saying that while the scenarios he cited were all hypothetical, they were well within the realm of possibility.

"Sound imaginary?" he asked the audience of academics. "I don’t believe so."
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1 ) issachar5 / USA
09/10/2013 15:20
Sounds like this soldier, like his commander-in-chief, has been studying the bible (old testament). Yes, he should prepare for attacks from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Russia...from all of the countries surrounding Israel. But don't worry, Israel will be bloodied, but will defeat this 1st round of attacks. Then the Chinese. Then the world. Again, don't worry. The Messiah returns and defeats Israel's enemies. Then the "stumbling block" becomes the blessing of the world. May the LORD bless Israel

2 ) ras / spain
09/10/2013 16:45
no doubt hizbbullah has nuclear bombs

3 ) Outlier / USA
10/10/2013 03:46
The sad fact of a dangerous neighborhood.

4 ) Norma / U.S.
10/10/2013 17:28
War, started? Yeah? From whom?!
Who!? Who?! Who is going to attack you?

You, people, from a shitty little country in the Middle East, you think, you're all so important. You've been attacking and provoking your neighbors since Day 1.

We, the rest of the world are tired of yor calling "Wolf!"

We want to leave you alone, to take care of yourself, so that the next time you attack others, you'll have to deal with the consequences, instead of calling on the U.S. to do it for you.

5 ) Maureen / Australia
10/10/2013 18:16
In other words Israel is the 'fly in the ointment.'

6 ) Please / shut up
10/10/2013 22:36
What do you expected from lunatic warmongers ?...

7 ) James Wood / usa
14/10/2013 06:26
My GOD Bless Israel. there are real christians and people out here that love and care, for the Israely people and there Nation of Israel.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
15/10/2013 20:57
'Israel army chief says war possible on many fronts.' Given that Israel has attacked every country it adjoins and several more besides, when it comes to Israel, war is always possible.
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