Defense Minister: Don't Lose Sleep Over Iraqi Threat

(Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon - "From a knowledge of the facts, I say there is no reason for the citizens of Israel to lose any sleep," Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Thursday, trying to calm a nation bombarded by reports, some of them hysterical, of an impending conflict. Unlike in 1991, according to one prevalent school of thought in the security establishment, if there is a missile threat from Iraq this time, it will more likely be toward the end, rather than at the beginning, of a U.S. campaign. This time, when there is no Arab coalition with the U.S., Israel would feel less of a need to restrain itself, and Iraq would have much less to gain by firing missiles at it.

2002-12-27 00:00:00

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