IDF trains on Golan Heights 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A series of limited preparations taken by the IDF ahead of a potential US strike
in Syria will remain in place in the coming days.
There has been no
change in the security evaluations by army brass, which concluded last week that
the chances of Syria or its allies lashing out at Israel in response to a US
strike remain small.
Despite the assessment, the IDF deployed a range of
air defenses around the country last week, and called up a few hundred reserve
“We have a clear responsibility to prepare the army for all
possibilities. We took a number of decisions to prepare ourselves for a scenario
we hope will not materialize,” an army source said last week.
As part of
the preparations, the IAF deployed a multi-layered air defense shield against
enemy projectiles, consisting of Iron Dome, Arrow 2, and Patriot
A few hundred reservists were ordered to report for duty to
the military branches tasked with monitoring Syria and ensuring basic readiness
is in place.
Reservists arrived at the Israel Air Force, Military
Intelligence, and the home Front Command.
On Friday, IDF Chief of Staff
Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz inspected Artillery Corps units stationed on the Golan
Heights near the Syrian border, and passed on updated directives. He also viewed
a drill held by the Paratroopers Brigade. Gantz warned that any miscalculation
by Syria would result in Israel exacting a “difficult and stinging price” from
The IDF’s overall state of readiness remains normal.
not expected to change unless the US begins operating in Syria.
is also monitoring terror organizations in Gaza and Sinai to ensure they do not
use the regional tensions as an excuse to fire rockets into Israel. Current
security assessments are that southern terror factions have not decided to do