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Chief of Staff Provides Imaginary War Scenario

Lt. Gen. Gantz explains how easily a multi-front war can develop – starting with an abduction on Syrian border.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/8/2013, 11:11 AM

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz
Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz
Israel news photo: Flash 90

"At any given moment, a multi-front war can develop,” Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said Tuesday. “This is something that we are preparing for and must be ready for.”

His lecture, titled "IDF 2025," was delivered at the Begin-Sadat Center.

Gantz provided an imaginary scenario for the breakout of war, which begins with an abduction on Israel's border with Syria, on the Golan Heights:

"An event in which a force is hit by an explosive device on the Golan Heights, followed by the abduction of three soldiers and the regiment commander, and in response to the IDF's retaliation, accurate fire by Hezbollah on the northern border, fire on the crossings on the Gaza border and an assault upon them, and fire on the southern border toward Eilat.

"That is just one of many possibilities,” he noted.

The imaginary war scenario provided by Gantz would therefore apparently involve a conflict with Syria – either regime forces or rebels, or both – as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza and terrorists in Sinai. But that is not all.

"It is very possible,” he continued, “that following this, there will be a cyber attack on essential facilities like the Electric Company or banks, so that the routine of life will be disrupted. For this, we must prepare in all fields. And indeed, we do just that. We have divisions that are well aware of the arena, and are reinfored in terms of firepower and intelligence means.”