Monday, March 29, 2004

In an analysis of a parliamentarian panel's report of Israeli intelligence assessments of threats against Israel before and during the war in Iraq, Ze'ev Schiff makes an intersting comparison. Whereas after the Yom Kippur War the intelligence agencies were blamed for knowing about the Egyptian and Syrian capabilities but ignoring threats because of over-confidence, the panel stated that this time Israeli intelligence did not know enough but nevertheless overestimated Iraq's non-conventional capabilities, unnecessarily causing some panic and a serious waste of money.

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