Masks Distributed in Israel, Are Jewish Children Facing Another
Israel News Agency
Israel --- July 26, 2012 ... As the Syrian government begins to
fall, the world is keeping a very close eye on their WMD. Thousands
of chemical and gas weapons for which Syria has the honor of having
the most operative in the world.
dictator Bashar Hafez al-Assad, who has no problem murdering his
own citizens, over 17,000 of them since protests for democracy
began in March last year, may very well attack Israel before he
attempts to take refuge or commits suicide in a final, Gaddafi
style gun battle.
has the distinction of being the second nation on Earth to threaten
Jews with gas.
first was Nazi Germany. They did a fine job with the murder of
6 million Jewish men, women and children.
Monday Syria declared that it was ready to use its chemical and
biological weapons if their government faced a foreign attack.
The only foreign attack for which Syria could be alluding to would
This was Syria's
first acknowledgment that they possess weapons of mass destruction
- and signals that President Bashar Assad will continue the fight
to stay in power, regardless of the cost.
concern is that Syria has helped transfer thousands of Iranian
missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon, an organization whose manifesto
declares: "Our struggle will end only when Israel is obliterated."
Israel is now greatly concerned about al-Assad transferring chemical
weapons to Hezbollah, which has over 50,000 conventionally armed
missiles aimed at Israel and managed to fire 4,000 rockets at
Israeli civilian populations in the 2006 war.
responded with no verbal response. Again, the only democracy in
the Middle East doing its very best to stay clear of the civil
war in Syria. The last thing Israel wants is a war with Syria,
Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. As always, Israel
is seeking peaceful means to deal with the current unrest.
is keeping a very close focus on Syria's WMD through satellites,
drones and ground INTEL, striking Syria is the last option.
chief, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, told Israel's parliament's foreign
affairs and defense committee that the Syrian army has increased
security around the country's chemical weapons stocks.
best of my judgment, at this point the Syrian government remains
in control of this network. They are protecting it and beefing
up the security around it and it hasn't yet reached unwelcome
hands, though that could change," he said, according to the
But one has
to wonder how a crippled and disintegrating Syrian government
could continue to hold onto their chemical weapons?
There are many players eager to grab them - including al-Qaeda
and other Islamic terror organizations.
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have
made it very clear that Israel would be ready to attack Syrian
weapons depots to prevent Islamic terrorists from raiding them.
has no choice. They will need to attack and neutralize these WMD
along with the US, NATO and other allies. This calls for a joint
air and ground operation. It is not a matter of if but when. Unless
the President Obama, the most hostile President Israel has ever
known, threatens Israel with reduced aid if they pre-empt. Kissinger
did this during the 1973 Yom Kippur war and Israel sacrificed
thousands of troops just to illustrate to the world that they
were not the aggressors.
I think not.
Benjamin Netanyahu would never make that sacrifice. He is a soldier
turned diplomat turned Prime Minister twice. He would never jeopardize
one Jewish life either civilian or in IDF uniform.
she attacks first or receives an Iraqi style response as other
nations pound the present Syrian government, will be forced to
might have nuclear weapons, they would never be used in this scenario
as Israel has no interest in killing civilians.
But a war
is inevitable. You don't distribute gas masks to your civilian
population if you don't calculate an imminent war.
will fall. And even just a few chemical payloads slamming into
Israel would constitute a nightmare that Jews have not experienced
since the gas chambers of Mauthausen, Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz.
do its very best to neutralize Syria's WMD but there is no guarantee
that this operation will eliminate a real threat in the first
hours and days of a war.
and Christian communities in London, Manchester, Paris, New York,
Rome, Miami, Mexico City, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Hartford,
Chicago, San Francisco and LA need to prepare and mobilize.
to leave their Starbucks comfort zone and arrange now for flights
to remove Jewish children from Israel's northern and southern
borders and create summer camps for them. On the first warning
of a war breaking out, these children should board aircraft for
cities out of range of chemical and biological weapon attacks
until the missile threat disappears.
of gas masks today in Israel is not enough.
In fact, with
an average, 2,200 masks handed out per day, and with this figure
now rising to 3,700 and on Tuesday to 4,200, there are not enough
gas masks for all of Israel's children.
Some 4.2 million
Israelis now have gas masks at home, but the remaining inventory
won't be enough for a population of nearly 8 million. The IDF
Home Front Command has said time and again that the budget has
run out and there's not enough money to buy for all.
We need to
remove these children from a trauma zone. They need not suffer
from PTS. Whether it be chemicals, gas or merely the terrifying
shrill and wailing of air raid sirens, running for sealed rooms
and the donning of rubber gas masks, we need to confront our greatest
As in the War of Independence when Israeli children were carried
on the backs of soldiers to remove them to safety from border
attacks, today the aircraft which are used in Nefesh B'Nefesh
and Birthright flights must prepare to carry our youngest to distant
can defend herself. But can our Iron Dome and Arrow defense systems
intercept 100 percent of all incoming missiles?
Do we not remember the first Gulf War and the rain of missiles
reaching our cities and towns?
And yes, we can act as macho as any other Middle Eastern nation.
But can we afford to lose one life to a chemical attack?
was enough. Get the kids out!
Joel Leyden - bringing the news from Israel online since 1995.
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