Barak: The situation in the North is especially volatile

"The northern front is especially sensitive, but Israel has no interest in deterioration," Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Saturday night. "The other side knows this and according to our assessments they too have no interest in deterioration." According to Barak, who spoke at a conference of injured soldiers from the Armored Corps, "Israel is vigilantly watching [the situation] and is prepared for any development." Israel Radio reported that Barak also discussed the home front drill that is scheduled to take place in the coming week, saying that, "In our day and age the preparedness of the home front is a critical component of military victory."