Daily Israel Report

Gantz: Iran Making Trouble on All of Israel's Fronts

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Iran was involved in increasing tensions on all of Israel's fronts - but Israel was up to the challenge
By David Lev
First Publish: 2/23/2014, 7:05 PM

Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
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Speaking to reporters on the Golan Heights Sunday, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said that while the Golan was relatively quiet, as were other fronts in Israel, the fronts could heat up at any moment – particularly because Iran was involved in all of them.

There is no front that Iran does not meddle in, whether by giving terrorists weapons, ammunition, missiles, or manpower,” said Gantz. “The situation is quiet, but there is daily tension,” he said. “I suggest that we all remember that behind the quiet there is a storm brewing.”

The IDF has had to prepare itself to deal with changes on all fronts in recent months, changing operative and other procedures, he said. “The IDF has adjusted itself to the situation on all these fronts to deal with the new reality,” Gantz said. “We have deployed a new battalion here on the Golan, for example. We have greatly improved our capabilities on this front, along with our ability to operate quickly and accurately with all means at our disposal, including air, sea, and land forces, as well as with intelligence efforts.

We have undertaken many important steps and implemented many changes to ensure that we can deal with the new reality,” Gantz added. “There has been an increase in tension, but we do not expect another intifada.”