Israel: Be Prepared for a Surprise War

A day after the IDF and the Syrian Army exchanged fire in the Golan Heights, Israel Air Force chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel warned that Israel must be prepared for a “surprise war” developing.


Speaking at a conference in Herzliya focusing on the conclusions of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Eshel stated that “a surprise war can develop today in many forms. Isolated events can escalate very quickly and require that we are ready in hours to act in the full spectrum – and when I say the full spectrum, I mean activating the full capabilities of the Air Force.”

Eshel stated that, in the Second Lebanon War, the IAF had employed just a “small amount” of its capabilities, but that in the next war, the Air Force “will need to give 100 percent, in order that our operations will be very quick and powerful.”

After Russia said last week that it remains committed to an arms deal with Syria to deliver the S-300 air defense system to the Assad regime, Eshel warned that the advanced platform could change the equation.

“The Assad regime invested a great deal in order to achieve the best air defense capabilities that it could buy. Systems such as these are not just an operative threat, they also give a sense of security that can cause countries to do things they would not otherwise do.”

Eshel stated that the air defense system represented weaponry “from a completely different generation, which does not resemble what has come in the past.”

He added, however, that “there is no system which does not have a solution, the only question is, at what cost.'”

Eshel stated that Syria was “changing before our eyes. If [the regime] should collapse tomorrow, we may very quickly find its large arsenal scattered and directed toward us.”



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