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 against Israel."
On Monday night 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.