Defense Minister Amir Peretz sent out a message of calm on Thursday and vehemently rejected claims of an impending war this summer. "There is no evaluation whatsoever that Israel is preparing for a war in the summer," Peretz told Labor Faction members, adding that in the event of any confrontation, "the IDF will be ready." "However," stressed Peretz, "there is no information indicating that a war will break out."
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The defense minister was responding to various comments made recently by Israeli officials about the IDF preparing for a renewal of fighting in the North.
"I urge everyone to be careful with their remarks," Peretz said.
Concerning the IDF's preparedness for another confrontation, many question marks have been raised.
On Wednesday, IDF officials warned that that financial constraints were likely to impede the deployment of troops amid the growing threats. However, Peretz denied the claims that the IDF was faced with dangerous financial limitations.
"I don't want to go in to calculations, but the facts and failures that were exposed are irrelevant, he said, conceding however that "in the current situation it is impossible to make cutback to the defense budget."