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Israel Does Not Expect War This Year, Says Intelligence Chief

June 9, 1980
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Gen. Yehoshua Sagoy, chief of military intelligence, said today that Israel does not consider a new Middle East war likely to break out this year, largely because of the instable political conditions in the region as a whole and in Israel’s immediate vicinity.

However, Sagoy, who spoke to military correspondents here, said a coup or any other sudden change in the countries neighboring Israel could trigger a war. He disclosed that military intelligence has had to drastically revise its methods and training as a result of Israel’s stage-by-stage withdrawal from Sinai. While Israeli forces were deployed there, stationary intelligence gathering equipment was utilized, he said. Now, air-borne devices and other types of electronic gear must be used.

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