Although the media is focused on the conflict with Hamas in Gaza, the fighting within Syria has been spilling over the Heights in Golan. Syrian opposition fighters have occupied villages bordering the DMZ, resulting in counter attacks by Assad's army. Israel must defend itself from the weapons of both factions. If
this wouldn't be enough for most military forces, Iran supposedly is much closer to their nuclear goal than previously thought. Although political decisions are second and third guessed in Israel, nobody disputes the the qualifications of their Defense Minister,former Chief of Staff and Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Barak is the most decorated soldier in Israel's history, which has been one fight after another for survival. Born on a Kibbutz, he commanded an important tank brigade during the Yom Kippur War. He led the commandos who freed a highjacked plane. He helped plan the raid on Entebbe in Uganda. As the Israeli Defense Forces mobilize on all fronts, they're directed by a steady hand.