Photo: Ori Shiffrin, IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson
Prime Minister Netanyahu toured various facilities of the Northern Command and commented on Israel’s ongoing security challenges
Date: 12/05/2010, 8:04 PM
On Tuesday (May 11), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the IDF (Zahal) Northern Command. He was accompanied by the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and the GOC of the Northern Command, Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot. The Prime Minister’s visit, as well as the training exercises he watched, had been scheduled according to the training program and the Prime Minister’s IDF (Zahal) visit schedule.
During his visit, Mr. Netanyahu visited the Northern Command Headquarters in Tsfat, received an overview of the security situation facing the Northern Command and had the opportunity to judge the level of competence and preparedness of IDF (Zahal) units both in compulsory and reserve service.
PM Netanyahu spoke with division commanders of the Northern Command, who informed him about the extent of training exercises conducted throughout the last years. The commanders noted that the IDF (Zahal)’s level of competence and preparedness is high and that there is great importance in continuing live training exercises, both for regular and reserve units.
“A strong army is the guarantee for peace and security”
The Prime Minister also visited various facilities of the Northern Command’s front command posts and was briefed on operational activities which take place both in routine times and during an emergency. Later on, the Prime Minister went to see the training of regular and reserve soldiers held in the North of Israel, was given a training description and spoke with the soldiers. Mr. Netanyahu expressed his faith in the IDF (Zahal)’s strength and capabilities and said that a strong army is the guarantee for peace and security.
The Chief of the General Staff pointed out that the Prime Minister pays a lot of visits in the IDF (Zahal) and recently has visited the Air, Naval and Intelligence branches among others. In addition to that, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi thanked the Prime Minister for the time he dedicates to the IDF (Zahal).
During a conversation with media representatives after the visit, Mr. Netanyahu said that Iran’s recent attempts to provoke a war between Israel and Syria are senseless. He also added that Israel wants security, stability and peace and has no intention to attack any of its neighbors.