Israeli Knesset Member Warns
Of War Within Months

By Dan Diker Jerusalem Post

Iraq and Iran may initiate a partial or full-scale war against Israel in the coming months to torpedo an anticipated US attack on Baghdad, according to MK Yuval Steinitz, chairman of the Knesset subcommittee for defense planning and policy. "The coming months are going to be very dangerous," Steinitz said.
Steinitz estimated that Iran may heat up the northern border via its control over Hizbullah guerrillas who have positioned nearly nine thousand missiles near the border since Israel abandoned the south Lebanon security zone in May 2000. Steinitz said that Iraq, Iran, and Syria are concerned US President George W. Bush's 'war on terror' will create pressure for a more democratic Middle East, threatening totalitarian and theocratic governments in the region. Steinitz also said Israel is well prepared for any possible nonconventional attack by Iraq and said Saddam Hussein has only a limited ability to strike Israel. He made his comments during an exclusive interview on Jerusalem Post Radio's The Bottom Line with Dan Diker (
Steinitz strongly opposed the possibility of US President George W. Bush dispatching American peacekeepers and advisers to assist Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat reform the PA and help protect civilians in PA-held areas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "There is no chance of reforming the Palestinian Authority as long as Yasser Arafat is president. It would be just as ridiculous if the United States were to send US advisers to help Saddam Hussein reform Iraq," he added 0943227611 >


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