"The entire region is evolving before our eyes; You must be prepared for every option"

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and Defense Minister Ehud Barak held a visit at the northern border

Date: 17/02/2011, 1:40 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz spent his first day as the 20th IDF (Zahal) Chief of Staff touring the northern border with Defense Minister, Ehud Barak and GOC Northern Command Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot. Among their stops was a visit at the Granite battalion of the IDF (Zahal)’s infantry Nahal Brigade at the Lebanese border in a region where Lt. Gen. Gantz held many positions, including the position of GOC Northern Command and that of the last officer in command in Lebanon before the withdrawal in 2000.

“Hezbollah remembers the blows they received in 2006 very well, but this is not forever and you may be summoned to enter yet again. You must be prepared for every option,” said the Defense Minister addressing the soldiers. He noted that during a military operation, “the secret is to be able to change gears quickly, so you need to apply all that you learned during your training within a split second.”

“The entire region is evolving before our eyes, we saw what happened in Lebanon when the government changed and we saw what happened in Tunisia and Egypt. I think that the peace treaty will be stable but it illustrates just how unstable the region is. This area is unstable, too, and it is where you serve,” Minister Barak added.

During the course of the visit, Lt. Gen. Gantz said, “the visit to the northern border [first] was coincidental. We will visit all regions in the coming days.” According to the Chief of Staff, “this front is not new to me. I am here because this is my first day of work.”