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>JN Feb. 6, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 23
Israel Reserves Right to Self Defense
United States Defense Secretary William Cohen said the U.S.
expects Israel not to react in case it is attacked by Iraq. In an
interview with CNN, Cohen said that the U.S. is capable of
defending its allies in the region, including Israel. He said that
he understands Israel's apprehensions, but that Iraq is liable to
attack other nations in the region as well.
The official response Thursday from the Prime Minister's Office
was, "Israel reserves for itself the right of self defense and will
act in accordance with its security interests." An airlift of
medicines and vaccinations will begin in the coming days between
the United States and Israel. The security apparatus in Israel has
decided to allocate 120 million shekels for the purchase of new gas
Israelis Running for Antibiotics, Plastics
By IINS News Service
According to reports from pharmacies around Israel, many Israelis
are trying to stockpile quantities of antibiotics, hoping to be
prepared in the event of an attack with Anthrax.
Pharmacists stated that there is a noticeable increase in requests
for antibiotics, many without the necessary prescription from a
physician, but the situation is not one of panic.
According to officials of the national chain "Home Center," sales
of tape, plastic sheets and other similar products of the type used
for sealed rooms in the 1991 Gulf War, have risen about 300% this
week. The increase is attributed to many Israelis feeling the need
to "play it safe" and have the items at home should the need arise.
New Arab Alliance Counters Israeli-Turkish Alliance
By IINS News Service
According to a report from the EmergencyNet News Agency, Middle
East intelligence sources are saying that Saudi leaders are
concerned that sentiment for the Iraqi people is so strong in the
kingdom that a sustained US bombing campaign could provoke a fierce
anti-Western backlash. It is that fear that is behind the
reluctance of the Saudis to offer more support to the United
Jane's Defense Weekly said that a recent study found an "evolving
Iran-Syria-Egypt-Saudi axis" that was emerging to counter the
Intelligence and Arab diplomatic sources said most of the Gulf
States, Egypt and Syria are opposed to any sustained US bombardment
of Iraq. Apart from Kuwait and Bahrain, only Great Britain has, so
far, thrown its unconditional support behind the United States.
The Saudi press has not held back in their editorials, saying that
they would prefer to see the United States assassinate Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein.
The Saudi press, which usually reflects official views, strongly
opposes air strikes that could cause civilian casualties in Iraq.
Recent articles argue that the United States should try to
"surgically" kill Saddam himself.
The Al-Riyadh newspaper asked: "Why don't they consider getting rid
of President Saddam Hussein through means that will cost the Iraqi
people the least in terms of suffering? Instead of deploying an
armada of warships and aircraft carriers in the Gulf, why don't the
Americans do to Saddam what they did with former Panamanian
President Manuel Noriega or what the Russians did with Chechen
leader Dzhokhar Dudayev?" The paper added that Saddam "is not an
Contrary to what the Saudi Arabian press would like to see, the
Pentagon's plans do not contemplate trying to kill Saddam Hussein.
To do so would be a violation of a longstanding presidential order
that prohibits assassination as a foreign policy tool -- but
accidents can always happen.
Saddam Should Expect "Robust" Bombing Attack
By IINS News Service
The EmergencyNet News Agency reports military planners at the
Pentagon have reportedly put together an extensive list of Iraqi
targets to strike if Saddam Hussein continues to defy United
Nations weapons inspections.
One Department of Defense said "I expect it to be significant and
sustained. I think it's going to go on until we run out of things
we think are relevant targets." The official added that the plans
contemplate using unmanned cruise missiles and land- and sea-based
aircraft in strikes lasting days, or perhaps even weeks.
Experts say that it would be impossible to hit all of Iraq's
biological and chemical weapons materials because of the ease with
which they can be hidden.
Retired US Army Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Kelly, director of operations
for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Persian Gulf War, said he
expected any U.S, use of force to far outlast a punitive strike in
1996 in which 48 cruise missiles were launched from U.S. ships
against Iraqi military targets.
Kelly predicted, "My guess is 40 days. I think it's going to be
vastly more robust than anybody thinks." Kelly emphasized that he
was not receiving any "inside" information from his buddies at the
Pentagon, but said that General Hugh Shelton, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, "used to work for me, so I think I did a pretty
good job of training him."
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