IDF CHIEF SAYS ALL FRONTS ‘FRAGILE,’ COULD DETERIORATE INTO A WAR / IDF releases new multi-year plan. / by Anna Ahronheim / October 24, 2019 /
Israel is currently dealing with multiple arenas and enemies at the same time, with the northern front the most fragile at risk of deteriorating into war, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said.
Despite the fact that Israel’s enemies are not interested in war [Hmm] the IDF has “increased it’s pace of preparations” for confrontation, Kochavi told journalists on Wednesday. “On both the northern and southern fronts, the situation is tense and fragile, and could deteriorate into a confrontation,” Kochavi said.
Tensions with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip continue to pose a threat to Israel, with rounds of violent conflict breaking out several times over the last year. Close to 2,000 rockets were fired from the blockaded coastal enclave by Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas in the last year alone, killing five Israeli civilians, the highest number of civilian casualties since Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
Ongoing violence in the West Bank by Palestinians has also killed several civilians and IDF soldiers.
But, according to Israel’s top military officer, the “central strategic challenge of the State of Israel lies in the northern arena” where Iran continues to consolidate its forces in Syria and work with Hezbollah on its precision missile project.
“In both cases, this is an Iranian-led effort, using the territory of countries with very limited governments,” Kochavi said, referring to Syria and Lebanon.