Israel Must Be Well-Prepared for Dangers

(Maariv Weekend-Jerusalem Post) Interview with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz by Ben Caspit and Noam Amir - Q: Is there any truth to the rumor that Hamas intended to carry out an attack in which all the tunnels would be used simultaneously? Gantz: "As we know well, Hamas did not utilize the tunnels for a mass terrorist attack....Hamas met with IDF forces every time it poked its head out of one of the tunnels and failed to reach any Israeli population centers. I am of the opinion that we have neutralized this problem." Q: Is Hizbullah really capable of conquering parts of the Galilee? Gantz: "Hizbullah has offensive abilities and attacking experience that it has gained in the Syrian war and in north Lebanon....Hizbullah, through Iran, has a number of drones, including some with offensive capabilities....If a war breaks out, it will be long and difficult....The scenario includes hundreds and even thousands of rockets that are much more precise and powerful than those we saw in Operation Protective Edge [the Gaza War]." "We may be in the OECD, but we are in the heart of the Middle East, completely surrounded by enemies. The only thing standing between us and ISIS right now is that they are currently busy with more urgent matters."

2014-10-03 00:00:00

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