OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant warned on Wednesday that the quiet in Israel's South may be temporary.
"It's true that we are after the first rains and the sun is shining - but one can see dark clouds in the distance," Galant said during a tour with heads of regional councils marking a year since Operation Cast Lead.
"It is important that we value the significance of quiet for the residents. Quiet allows those living here to develop infrastructures and agriculture as well as economic prosperity," Galant said. "When one looks [at the situation] a year ago, one can say that in terms of the goals we were set - the goals of the operation were achieved. A new order has been created - we haven't had a period of such calm in the last decade."
However, Galant stressed that the IDF was training and preparing to face the trouble ahead, and added that "civilians are rightly preparing themselves for another round of fighting."
His remarks came hours after IAF jets bombed the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday night, killing one terrorist and wounding three others, who were preparing to launch a rocket attack against Israel when they were hit.
The terrorists were said to be members of the Nasr Salah al-Din Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committee, a terrorist group operating out of Gaza.