The day after OC Home Front Command Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eisenberg warned of growing chances for an all-out war,
Defense Minister Ehud Barak downplayed the threats to Israel, and said
that he did not predict that any of the country's enemies would initiate
a large scale conflict in the near future.
"We do not see a
reason for any of our adversaries to initiate a large scale conflict
with Israel. I am also convinced that none of our enemies will dare use
chemical weapons against Israel, not now and not in the future," he said
on a tour of the border with Syria Tuesday morning. "Our adversaries
know very well why they should not even think of using chemical weapons
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Monday night Eisenberg held a conference in Tel Aviv that the ongoing upheaval in
the Arab world raised the chances for an all-out war against Israel, as
well as the use of weapons of mass destruction.
Turning to Syria, Barak said that the regime of Syrian President
Bashar Assad was nearing its end but that it could take still several
months for anything to happen. "On the other side of the border, the
Assad family is slaughtering its people throughout Syria in an effort
to survive. I believe that it will not help, and that the future of
Assad's regime is clear even if it will take several more months."
said "even if there will be a new reality or new situation in Syria
that will be difficult to predict ahead of time, I hope it will be quiet
and there's no doubt that when his regime falls it will be a heavy blow
to the entire radical front that is led by Iran and Hezbollah."
Barak also weighed in on the current crisis with Turkey
and said that even in a time of disagreement it was important that both
countries worked together for the sake of the stability of the entire