PREPARING FOR WAR

FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, ISRAEL HAS CONCENTRATED ON ACHIEVING PEACE WITH ITS ARAB NEIGHBORS. NOW ITS FOCUS TURNS TO THE RENEWED THREAT OF CONFLICT

It was late one night this fall, and the soldiers were sleeping. Suddenly alarms began to sound across their bases on the Golan Heights. By the hundreds, members of the Israel Defense Forces spilled out of their barracks, speeding toward their assigned tanks. Engines roared to life, maps were unfurled, and within minutes two full tank brigades were rolling out. The armored leviathans rumbled to the Syrian front and onto ramps built long ago as battle stations, many of which were overgrown with weeds from disuse. Once there, the troops parked and waited, peering anxiously into the night for the Syrian...

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