Israel Says Mideast Arms Proliferation Imperils Its Military Edge

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Israel’s neighbors are buying arms on a scale that threatens its regional military superiority, deputy Israeli air force chief Brig.-Gen. Tal Kelman said Sunday.

In order to perpetuate Israel’s qualitative military edge – a guarantee that it gets more advanced U.S. weapons than Arab states get – Israel says it needs to bulk up its armed forces, not just upgrade their technologies, to keep ahead of potential foes.

“There are countries here which have plans that are being actualized for arms deals in the hundreds of billions of dollars, for the most advanced Western weaponry and the most advanced Eastern weaponry,” Kelman said. “There is a very great danger here, because today’s enemy can be tomorrow’s friend, and today’s friend could be tomorrow’s enemy.”

Meanwhile, as the Islamic State is moving from offense to defense across Syria and Iraq, this has not prevented ISIS from stepping up its activities in Sinai and the Syrian Golan Heights.

Despite the relentless war Egypt has been waging against the jihadi group, Islamic State’s hold on Sinai remains firm as it launches devastating terrorist attacks against Egyptian security forces.

Islamic State is gaining ground in the southern part of the Syrian Golan Heights as well.
Its proxies, such as the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, has been tightening its grip on the area at the expense of more moderate rebel groups.

Attempted Islamic State terrorist attacks in Israel are only a matter of time.

David Steger – Israel


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