Supposed author of American Study published in Al Hayat that Israel would be unable to repel all-out Arab attack - "I never wrote such a report"
- [Mewnews note - The article in question was posted on Mewnews - it is at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MewNews/message/2170. It seems that
it is a canard].
Subject: Supposed author of American Study published in Al Hayat that Israel would be unable to
repel all-out Arab attack - "I never wrote such a report"
Supposed author of American Study published in Al Hayat that Israel would be
unable to repel all-out Arab attack - "I never wrote such a report"
IMRA contacted Anthony H. Cordesman, Senior Fellow and Burke Chair at The
Center for Strategic & International Studies, who is the author of a series
of publications on the balance of power in the Middle East and related
topics to identify that study that Al Hayat apparently claims he wrote [see
Corsdesman replied to IMRA that: "The basic problem you have in finding the
report is that I never wrote such a report, and since I did not see Al
Hayhatt, I can't even determine whether their article is a collage quoted
out of context. In the interim you can find what I actually do write at
American Study published in Al Hayat: Israel would be unable to repel
all-out Arab attack
By Daniel Sobelman, Ha'aretz Correspondent, and Ha'aretz Service
A study published in recent days by an American research institute for
strategic and international studies states that Israel would not be able to
repel a comprehensive surprise attack from the Arab nations for a prolonged
period of time. The study, headed by historian Anthony Kurdsman <sp?> and
published in its entirety in Saturday's edition of Al Hayat, says that the
quantitative advantage of the Arab armies would eventually outweigh the
qualitative advantages the IDF has over the Arab militaries.
According to the study, one of the reasons for the expected lack of Israeli
success in repelling such an attack stems from the sensitivity of the
Israeli public to casualties. Another of Israel's weaknesses mentioned in
the report is the reaction to psychological warfare waged by enemies such as
the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah, who have successfully used this
tactic in the matter of the three IDF soldiers abducted by the group in
October of last year.
The study, which also focuses on the balance of power in the Middle East,
states that Saudi Arabia is the Arab country with the most modern air force,
matching that of Israel. Kurdsman claims that Israel's efforts in recent
years to develop a missile defense system have been at the expense of the
Intelligence reports on Israel's nuclear capabilities states that Israel's
arsenal contains some 400 nuclear warheads.
The study determines that Russia and China are Iran's main sources for
weaponry. With regards to Syria, the study estimates that last year the
Syrian army tested a Scud D missile with a 600-kilometer range. It was noted
that according to information held by the United States Central Intelligence
Agency, Egypt "has not given up its plans" to develop a ballistic missile,
called "Victor" with a 1,200 kilometer range.
The editors of the study points out that unconventional weapons are the
greatest danger in the region, saying that Iran will be able to develop a
nuclear bomb in the next five years. Syria, the study states, will be able
to produce bombs containing anthrax, a type of biological warfare, which
according to the study, has an effect similar to that of a small nuclear
The study concludes that the Middle East is the most armed region in the
world and that in 1997 the Arab countries spent some $20 billion on arms
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