Gantz: Threats outweigh opportunities from Arab spring

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October 31, 2011 20:23

Threats and regional turmoil resulting from the "Arab spring" currently outweigh potential opportunities, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said on Monday, during a meeting of an operational military forum.

Addressing all of the IDF's operational commanders from the rank of battalion commander upwards, Gantz said, "We must understand that in this period of instability, the price of risks that can be taken is not big."

Gantz ordered the commanders to ask themselves every morning, "Tomorrow war breaks out - what does this mean for each one?" and to prepare their forces.


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