Today, Israel prepares for Mideast conflict; recently, six army battalions were called up to meet threats from Egyptian and Syrian borders; Israel broadens anti-missile defenses; Iran’s vice president tours Israeli border while Pentagon makes war-plans.
The Times of Israel reported that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) gave emergency call up orders to six reserve battalions due to ongoing hostilities developing on the Egyptian and Syrian borders. The Knesset gave the IDF permission to summon 16 additional reserve battalions when required, according to Israeli press on Wednesday, 2 May 2012. These actions demonstrate the severity of the tensions growing among Israel, Syria, and Egypt. Israel needs its army in place when it attacks Iran because Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas will immediately strike Israel; therefore, the IDF must be ready.
Israel Hayom reported that Israel is currently broadening its Anti-missile air defense systems. A few months after the fifth battery's arrival, the Israeli Air Force could receive its sixth battery. Four air defense missile batteries are now completely operational in preparation for new rocket fire attacks. This battery could be designed to protect Tel Aviv. Israel's anti-missile defense capabilities could improve by early 2013 when the fifth Iron Dome battery is delivered to the Israeli Air Force's air defense unit.
According to Y net news, Iran’s vice president tours Israeli border. Mohammad-Reza Rahimi spoke to Hezbollah backers during his visit to the Israeli border about "the need to stand firmly and resist the Zionist regime." Tours by visiting Iranian officials on Israel's border have been routine during the past few years. During their visits, senior officials meet with senior Lebanese figures and Hezbollah leaders. In 2011, an official representing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited the area and stated "no cement or iron fence will save Israel."
Finally, the Washington Times wrote that the U.S. military is discussing important modifications to its war plans to reflect President Obama’s new strategic direction, which downplays combat preparations for conflicts similar to Iraq and Afghanistan, while counting on its Western European friends to provide additional troops. War plans for Iran is a depressing situation during a global economic crisis.