IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The military is in a high state of readiness, and able to deal successfully with
all possibilities, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said Monday,
during a visit to a navy base in Haifa.
He spoke as the prospect of US
military action in Syria
continued to hang over the region, alongside threats by
Iran and Syria to attack Israel in response to an American
Addressing navy personnel, Gantz said, “The past two years have
seen a regional shakeup, and over the recent year, Israel has faced security
challenges, such as Operation Pillar of Defense, through to other operations
He added that “the IDF improved its operational preparedness
in the South, North, and Center this year.”
Regional turmoil and the
sensitive situation it has created, obligate the IDF to be in a high state of
readiness, Gantz said.
“The past two weeks, with the tragic events in
Syria, certainly highlight the need for the IDF to be in a state of readiness,
for all operations that occurred, and which will occur,” he
“During my tours over the past weeks, and in recent days
specifically, I am observing a very high state of readiness in all sections of
the IDF – intelligence, forces on the ground and in the air, teleprocessing and
the navy, where I am now.
I’m seeing good, sharp people in every place,
all ready to carry out any mission when required. The Israeli nation can count
on us,” Gantz said.
On Sunday, IDF Northern Command chief Maj.-Gen. Yair
Golan told regional council heads of the IDF’s steps to prepare itself for
developments in Syria.
“On the one hand, we took significant steps to
prepare. We tensed ourselves and strengthened our defensive and offensive
capabilities, without hysteria,” Golan said.
“There was no massive
reserves call-up, we didn't harm civilian life in any way. Life continued as
normal, and every authority is prepared in its jurisdiction,” he added.