Gas Masks Distributed in Israel, Are Jewish Children Facing Another Holocaust?

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, 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.

Syrian 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.

Syria has the distinction of being the second nation on Earth to threaten Jews with gas.

The first was Nazi Germany. They did a fine job with the murder of 6 million Jewish men, women and children.

On 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 be Israel.

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.

Of greatest 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.

Israel has 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.

Though Israel is keeping a very close focus on Syria's WMD through satellites, drones and ground INTEL, striking Syria is the last option.

IDF military 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.

"To the 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 IDF Website.

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.

Israeli Prime 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.

And Israel 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.

Will history repeat itself?

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.

Israel, whether she attacks first or receives an Iraqi style response as other nations pound the present Syrian government, will be forced to defend herself.

Though she 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.

The missiles 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.

Israel will 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.

Jewish Federations 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.

They need 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.

The distribution 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 fears.

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 safety.

Yes, Israel 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?

One Holocaust was enough. Get the kids out!



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