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Jerusalem - Israeli Intel Chief: Jihadis Head For Syria Border

Published on: July 17, 2012 10:21 AM
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Jerusalem - Israel’s military intelligence chief is warning that global jihadis may take advantage of chaos in neighboring Syria to start attacking Israel.

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Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi says the area next to the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights could become an arena for anti-Israel operations, just as militants have used Egypt’s Sinai desert to target southern Israel.

Militants have fired several rockets at Israel from Sinai. Last August, militants infiltrated from Sinai and killed eight Israelis.

The Israel-Syria border has been mostly quiet since 1974.

Kochavi says militants have been penetrating the border area because the Syrian army has moved forces out to battle rebels. He predicted that eventually, Syrian President Bashar Assad will be toppled.

He was quoted by a meeting participant who spoke on condition of anonymity because the session was closed.


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 Jul 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM MistahKurtz Says:

I hope he is more "on the ball" than Eli Zeira was.

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 Jul 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM grannysmith Says:

Why do people who go to closed meetings feel obligated to blab about the contents? why can't they just honor the trust that has been (mis)placed in them?

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 Jul 17, 2012 at 01:44 PM sechelyoshor Says:

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MistahKurtz Says:

I hope he is more "on the ball" than Eli Zeira was.

Please tell us who Eli Zeira is and what you meant by this.

Are you referring to Eliezer Zeira from the sugya in perek hakones who was put in jail for wearing black shoelaces and the middos police of the reish galusa thought it was ga'ava because they didn't realize what a talmid chochom he was until he taught them some stuff they didn't know and Shmuel told them to let him go?

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 Jul 17, 2012 at 06:34 PM MistahKurtz Says:

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sechelyoshor Says:

Please tell us who Eli Zeira is and what you meant by this.

Are you referring to Eliezer Zeira from the sugya in perek hakones who was put in jail for wearing black shoelaces and the middos police of the reish galusa thought it was ga'ava because they didn't realize what a talmid chochom he was until he taught them some stuff they didn't know and Shmuel told them to let him go?

Eli Zeira was the chief of military intelligence in the years leading up to the Yom Kippur War. He refused to believe, in the face of all the evidence to the contrary, that Egypt and Syria were getting ready to attack israel. On the day before the war, he told the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence that the probability of War was the "lowest of the low".

After the war, the Agranat commission recommended his removal. Last week the Attorney General decided not to indict him for having leaked the name of the secret informant who tipped off the Israelis that Egypt was going to attack.

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