Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz addresses graduating company and battalion commanders, discussing threats the IDF expects to face in the future at the various fronts
Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz addressed dozens of officers on Thursday (June 5), following completion of their battalion and company commander training. He discussed the pressing issues facing the IDF, particularly those that the new commanders can expect to encounter.
"We are in a significant and transformative period," the Chief of Staff told the officers. He discussed regional developments affecting the State of Israel, including those in Egypt. "The strategic security of peace with Egypt will remain a very important issue that will require our attention and investment. It is too early to say what will happen there; it is difficult to say what the future holds," he said.
He also emphasized the relationship between the Hamas terror organization and recent incidents in the Sinai Peninsula, saying that the two "correspond and are interdependent."
Lt. Gen. Gantz urged the new commanders to train in light of the understanding that "we must be prepared for threats on multiple fronts. The defensive plans of the IDF always address this issue, but it is now more relevant than ever. The variety of threats facing the State of Israel is expanding."
Additionally, Lt. Gen. Gantz discussed recent developments in Syria and their bearing on the State of Israel. "The rebels and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are intensifying their actions," he said. "The situation there continues to heat up, and in my estimation he will not remain in power much longer. What is certain is the uncertainty regarding how it will look afterwards, and we must be prepared for any possibility."
The Chief of Staff also touched on the changes that the officers should expect in the future. "In future events, you will need to act quickly and continuously. The enemy understands our strengths and wants to achieve successes in attacking Israel, and will therefore strike our home front. We will not tolerate a continuing attack on our civilians, and will make sure to significantly shorten our response time. The coming operations will be faster and more severe. This depends on you," he added.