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Preserving the Superiority

Israel, Ma'ariv

By Amir Rapaport


21 April 2013


The aid package Defense Secretary Hagel is about to present to Defense Minister Ya'alon includes several ways and means that Israel doesn't possess – however, they won’t be relevant to the option of an Iranian attack in the upcoming year.


That’s it. After all the holidays (almost), and the coming of spring (kind of winterish these days), the Israeli Defense Force [IDF] entered the Year of Decision on the Iranian issue.

Within a few days, the tenure of the Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz will be extended for another year, the fourth one, ending in February 2015. The meaning of Gantz’s repeated statements apropos the "Year of Decision" is that even if there’s no Israeli or U.S. attack on Iran until the end of 2013, indeed, from now to the end of the year, most of the IDF’s attention is directed towards this possibility, that can also have an impact in many other arenas (mainly against Hezbollah in the north).

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Original Hebrew article in Ma’ariv:


Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images/Jim Watson -US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon speak during a helicopter tour above the Golan Heights, on April 22, 2013.


Translated by Viktoria Lymar

Edited by Steven Stenzler