In a ceremony held on Tuesday for those killed in the Second Lebanon War, IDF GOC Northern Commander Aviv Kochavi stated that the picture in the north of Israel, Lebanon and Syria may change in an instant and that Israel must prepare for war on both fronts, Ynet News reports.
According to this report Kochavi added that “The Northern Command is undergoing a radical change and the emerging trends involve negative developments. Alongside Shiite extremism, the global jihad is spreading in the Syrian arena and the global jihad is spreading in the Golan Heights. This is infusing the Middle East with religious wars.”
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“The Syrian border, ” he added, “has become the scene of terrorist activity against the state of Israel, the strengthening of the enemy with missiles and rockets continues, and Iran, which is increasing its presence in the region, is equipping our enemies and is directing them to attack us.”
“We should not draw conclusions from a temporary period in which states and terrorist organizations are busy with one another, and one shouldn’t devise a strategy or plan the building of military force in light of the present deceptive, transient and unstable situation.”
“The situation can change abruptly, ” the general warned. “We must prepare our forces for war, both on the Lebanese front and on the eastern front, and we will establish against them a sharp and decisive response, whose results will be clear and unequivocal.”