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Gantz: Israel is Ready for Any Scenario

IDF Chief of Staff on the threats facing Israel: Anyone who thinks he can ‘get rid of Israel’ will discover the deadly power of the IDF.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/23/2012, 6:16 AM

Benny Gantz
Benny Gantz
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IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz addressed the threats facing Israel on Wednesday, warning that Israel is ready for any scenario.

“Explicit threats are being made these days on the security of Israel and its citizens,” Gantz said at the annual memorial ceremony for fallen victims from the IDF’s Golani Brigade.

“These threats indicate an erroneous evaluation of our strength and our capabilities,” he added. “Anyone who thinks he can ‘get rid of Israel’ and try to harm our country will discover the deadly power of the IDF.”

Gantz noted, “We are poised and ready along the borders to handle threats facing our doorstep. The IDF is armed with the best and boldest soldiers and commanders in the world, including the Golani Brigade.”

The Hizbullah terror leadership recently claimed that its missiles can now reach all of Israeli territory.

Nabil Ka'uk announced from the podium that “Hizbullah rockets can reach all Israeli settlements,” referring to Israeli towns and cities. The reference by Ka'uk, who is deputy director for Hizbullah's terror activities, included all territory, including that liberated in the 1967 Six Day War, and those that preceded it.

In addition to Hizbullah, Iran’s leadership has continued to call for Israel to be wiped off the map. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week called for "wiping the Zionist regime from humanity."

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressed hope last week that Israel would be wiped off the map, saying, “The light of hope will shine on the Palestinian issue, and this Islamic land will certainly be returned to the Palestinian nation, and the superfluous and fake Zionist (regime) will disappear from the landscape of geography.”

Israel has also expressed concerns that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s chemical weapons will end up in the hands of Hizbullah if his regime falls.