Israeli Intel Sees High Chance Of Sudden War
TEL AVIV [MENL] -- The Israeli intelligence community has determined that
the Middle East could rapidly deteriorate in a major war in 2009.
Officials said the intelligence community does not assess that Arab
neighbors such as Egypt or Jordan were planning a war over the next year.
But they said regional tension, particularly from Hizbullah and Hamas, could
plunge Israel into a war with such countries as Iran and Syria.
"But the potential for unplanned escalation is high," Israeli military
intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin said. "Israel's enemies will
continue to test Israel's limits through steps they don't believe will
result in a flare-up."