Gantz: IDF wants to 'cool down' the Syrian border

Liberman expresses certainty that Assad used chemical weapons; IDF chief of staff says Golan "increasingly unstable."

May 28, 2013 18:53
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IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz 370. (photo credit: IDF Spokesman's Office)

Israel is concerned about weapons being transferred from Syria to Hezbollah, but does not want to heat up the northern front, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said at a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting Tuesday.

"Our inclination is to cool the atmosphere, even though we passed messages [to stop the weapons transfers]," he explained. "We don't want combat with Syria, and if we recognize continuous or dangerous shooting, we act to remove the danger."

The Golan is becoming increasingly unstable, with a rise in the number of terrorism attempts, Gantz added.

"The IDF is developing capabilities and operating concepts for defense, and when it is necessary, we responded by firing," he stated.

Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avigdor Liberman expressed certainty that

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