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May 21, 2013 12:15 pm

IDF Chief Gantz: Any Action Could Lead to an Overall Deterioration

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IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Benjamin Gantz's Photo: IDF.

“A day doesn’t go past in which we don’t have to make decisions that could lead us to a sudden and uncontrollable deterioration,” was the warning given by IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz Tuesday. “That is something that will be with us for the near future. We need to be more alert.”

Gantz, whose comments came at a security conference in the north of Israel, added that the most striking element of the security condition in the region is the lack of stability. He added that Israel must “act quickly and accurately” to combat any threat.

But Gantz also pointed out that the connection between action and reaction might not always appear compatible.

“It doesn’t mean that if we do something on the Golan Heights that there is immediately a big military incident in the Sinai,” he said. “But it could happen. There are other influences, sometimes of less significance and importance, but we can see the connection between Gaza and Sinai, between Gaza and Judea and Samaria, and between Syria and Lebanon.”

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  • jerry hersch

    If it is Assad’s intention to hold the Aleppo-Hamah-Homs
    line then the recent trial “cleansing” operations in the Alawite north coastal area make little sense for that line encompasses the hostile Idlib area.
    The next defensible line would approximate the Syrian 56/50 route-that would eliminate a potential problem but would mean totally relinquishing Aleppo- it would make areas East of the That line subject to future mechanized/mobile warfare.

  • jerry hersch

    Assad/Iran have played a masterful game thus far
    Israel is seeming looking at a Front in every direction.
    1-The Sinai “tactical space” is being explored.
    2-Gaza is the usual- PLUS
    3-Cursory analysis ofthe Jordanian refugee influx seems to provide for infiltration ofa number of cohesive cells
    4-An embellished upgraded Hezbollah -now with offensive training in Syria with free rein in Lebanon…and control of the Syrian portions of Lebanese access roads.
    5- An enhancedcoastal defense system with inliad enclaves -both Russian and Iranian.
    6- The beginning of fomented disturbances in the Turkish Province of Hatay to stymie and bog down possible Turkish intervention..together with augmmennted Russian fleet capability.
    7-Samaria and Judean West Bank ‘quiescence’

    Like playing pick-up-sticks but with a very very short time to make a decisive move…Before Assad’s gameboard is fully in place.