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      IDF Chief Assures 'Quiet Will Last – Or Else'

      IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz assured Israelis on Sunday there would be no more rocket fire from Gaza – “or else.”
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 11/25/2012, 6:20 PM

      IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz w/recruits
      IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz w/recruits
      Israel news photo: Yoni Kempinski

      IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz assured Israelis on Sunday there would be no more rocket fire from Gaza – “or else.”

      Speaking to new recruits at the dedication of the November recruitment ceremony for the Armored Corps, Gantz recapped the recent Pillar of Defense counter terror operation in Gaza.

      He also described for the new soldiers the ceasefire agreement that followed, pointedly assuring them that the measures carried out a few days earlier would have a lasting effect.

      "The quiet will continue, and if not, we will resume our operations on whatever level is necessary,” Gantz said bluntly.

      "The IDF's power of deterrence will be tested over time,” he acknowledged, “and I think it is in our hands [to reinforce the message] we have achieved the goals of the operation.”

      The chief of staff also responded to a concern raised by reservists about the lack of bomb shelters in IDF bases and deployment centers, saying the army was investigating the issue.

      In addition, Gantz addressed the concern that Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization may re-arm itself with newer rockets. The issue comes on the heels of an official confirmation by Iran that it has been exporting its missile technology, as well as “financial and military assistance” to terrorist groups in the region.

      The issue of Hamas attempting to increase its power is important, he said – but it is far from new. The IDF will continue to work towards disrupting the terrorist organization's attempt to re-arm, Gantz said.