» 04/24/2012 18:06 ISRAEL Israel ready to strike Iran, Lebanon, Gaza, says Israeli Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Binyamin Gantz spoke to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth. This will be a crucial year. As Iran’s nuclear threat must be stopped, Israel is preparing for a possible conflict.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) – Israel is ready, if necessary, to strike Iran, Lebanon
and Gaza, Israeli Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Benny Gantz said in an interview
with top Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth.
For him, the year 2012 will be critical to halt what Israel and much of the
international community believe is an Iranian nuclear arms programme. “We think
that a nuclear Iran is a very bad thing, which the world needs to stop and
which Israel needs to stop-and we are planning accordingly,” Gantz said on the
eve of Israel’s 64th anniversary as a state.
An attack against
Iran’s nuclear plants has been openly discussed in Israel for years. In the
past few months, papers have carried both pro- and anti-attack views.
For the Jewish
state and much of the international community, Iran’s nuclear programme has a
hidden military component. Conversely, Tehran has always claimed that it is
peaceful in nature.
For now, the
United States has kept to a diplomatic strategy, coupled with ever tightening
intelligence assessment asserts that given the strategic reality and
instability in the region, the chance of deteriorating to a war is higher than
in the past,” Gen Gantz said in the interview. “There are no indications of
war, but the chances of the situation deteriorating into one are higher than in
In view of a
possible wider conflict, Israel’s Defence Forces are preparing to respond to
threats from Lebanon and Gaza as well.
“I can’t promise
no missiles will be landing here. They will be falling, many of them. It won’t
be a simple war, neither on the frontlines nor ion the home front,” he said.
“However, I don’t advise anyone to test us on this front.”
An evening for the Canadian missions
Toronto—This year’s goal is to raise $300,000 for the West Coast missions of Prince George, Victoria, and Nelson in British Columbia.
For Catholic Missions In Canada’s Tastes of Heaven 2014 Gala chair and organizer Marie Di Poce, it’s a worthy and achievable goal.
“This year, we look forward to breaking the $2-million dollars raised over the years by the Catholic business community to support Catholic Missions In Canada.”
Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins, apostolic chancellor of Catholic Missions In Canada, will lead missionary bishops and other church leaders who will join Toronto’s business community in an evening of friendship, spiritual nurturing, and entertainment.
Bishop John Corriveau, O.F.M., Cap., of the Diocese of Nelson, British Columbia, will be the guest speaker at the gala, which will also honour this year’s St. Joseph Award recipient for outstanding missionary work, Sister Alice Walsh, P.B.V.M., of Piccadilly, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Among the featured artists for the evening will be Red Sky, a traditional and contemporary First Nations dance troupe, who will perform indigenous dances. Live and silent auctions during the evening will feature unique items from mission dioceses across Canada.
The Tastes of Heaven 2014 Gala will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Bellvue Manor, 8083 Jane Street, Vaughan, Ontario.
In 1908, Catholic Missions In Canada (www.cmic.info) was established to foster and extend the blessings of the Catholic faith in the poorest dioceses throughout the Dominion of Canada. That missionary work continues today, 106 years later, providing over $3 million to assist over 23 dioceses serving 600,000 Catholics across Canada.
Over the last 13 years, the Catholic business community has generously supported Catholic Missions’ gala, raising $1,821,400 through this signature event.
For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Patricia Gyulay at 416-934-3424, Ext. 227, or toll-free: 1-866-937-2642, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact Patria Rivera, director of publications and communications, Catholic Missions In Canada, at 416-934-3424, Ext. 226, or email email@example.com.
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