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  • Hezbollah says will respond to Israeli air strike

    February 26, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Hezbollah will respond to an Israeli air strike that hit one of its bases on the border with Syria on Monday night, the Lebanese militant group said on Wednesday.

    "The new aggression is a blatant assault on Lebanon and its sovereignty and its territory ... The Resistance...

  • Rules of engagement to remain in effect in West Bank, Gantz says

    May 28, 2013 | 10:17 am

    A limit on the use of live fire by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank will remain in place, despite requests by settlers and politicians to ease the restrictions, Israel’s military chief said.

    “We won’t ease the rules of engagement,” Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, the Israel Defense...

  • IDF chief warns Syria against more attacks on Israel

    May 21, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    The Israeli military’s chief of staff,  Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, warned that Syria would pay the price if it continues to attack Israel.

    Syrian President Bashar Assad “guides and encourages the widening of activity against Israel, in various dimensions and via the Golan Heights,”...

  • Israel stops to remember victims of Holocaust

    April 8, 2013 | 8:21 am

    Israel came to a standstill as a siren sounded for two minutes in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

    Following the siren Monday morning, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participated in a wreath-laying ceremony in the Yad Vashem Hall of Remembrance as part of Yom Hashoah,...

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  • With Islamic groups replacing traditional foes, Israel faces long-term instability on its borders

    March 19, 2013 | 6:31 am

    Three weeks ago, militants in Gaza landed a rocket near the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

    Two weeks ago, Egypt raised its state of emergency in the Sinai Peninsula, warning of an increase in jihadist activity there.

    Last week, a rock thrown by a West Bank Palestinian critically...

  • Israeli general tells mayors to prepare for weeks of fighting

    November 16, 2012 | 9:41 am

    Israel’s Home Front Command reportedly has instructed municipalities around Gaza to prepare for a fighting period of up to seven weeks.

    The news site Ynet reported Friday that GOC Home Front Command Eyal Eisenberg told subordinate officers and mayors of southern and central...

  • Netanyahu in meeting with envoys talks tough on stopping Gaza barrage

    November 12, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Israel will "take whatever action is necessary to put a stop" to the barrage of rockets from Gaza targeting the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ambassadors.

    Netanyahu met Monday in Ashkelon with some 100 foreign envoys to talk about Israel's response to the...

  • Israel bracing for ‘more tense and Islamist’ region in the coming year

    August 28, 2012 | 11:15 am

    Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Director of Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, in his annual intelligence assessment to Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and the IDF general staff, warned on Monday that Israel will face an increasingly volatile region in the coming...

  • Gantz slams ‘public chatter’ by former officials on Iran

    June 5, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz responded to former Israeli security officials who are publicly criticizing a potential air strike on Iran.

    During a meeting of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday to discuss Israel’s current...

  • Panetta hopes Gantz is ‘correct’ on Iran assessment

    April 27, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Leon Panetta, the U.S. defense secretary, said he hoped Israel’s top soldier was “correct” in assessing that the Iranian regime was rational.

    “I would hope he’s correct and he knows something more that I do,” Panetta was quoted as saying Thursday by AFP, the French news service,...

  • IDF chief: Other countries are prepared for possible Iran strike

    April 26, 2012 | 5:20 pm

    Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said on Thursday that other countries have readied their armed forces for a potential strike against Iran’s nuclear sites to keep Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.

    Gantz did not specify which nations might be willing to...

  • Israel’s top general says Iran unlikely to make bomb

    April 25, 2012 | 9:04 am

    Israel’s military chief said he does not believe Iran will decide to build an atomic bomb and called its leaders “very rational” — comments that clashed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment.

    Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz’s remarks, in an interview published on Wednesday in the...

  • IDF Military chief: Israel must protect all Jews

    April 16, 2012 | 9:52 am

    Israel must protect Jews around the world in addition to its own borders, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. - Gen. Benny Gantz said.

    “Today we stand against any threat with an army that is capable of beating all its enemies. We must defend the borders of Israel and all its communities, but we...

  • IDF chief: Israel will reach all terrorists behind overseas attacks

    April 5, 2012 | 5:20 pm

    IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz warned Thursday that Israel will ultimately find any terrorist that tries to launch attacks on Israeli citizens or the Jewish people.

    “Whoever tries to test our power, from close or far, from Gaza or Sinai, or any other place, will face a clever and...

  • IDF Chief of Staff Gantz: Iron Dome a game changer

    March 14, 2012 | 10:30 am

    IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz called the success of the Iron Dome system in intercepting incoming missiles from Gaza a “serious and historical military change.”

    Speaking Tuesday night in the Israeli city of Ashdod via satellite to the New York gala dinner of the Friends of the...

  • Israel prepares for fall of Assad, Syria refugees

    January 10, 2012 | 8:47 am

    Israel is making preparations for the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a flood of refugees from his minority Alawite sect into the Golan Heights, Israel’s military chief told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.

    “Assad cannot continue to hold onto power,” a committee...

  • Gantz: ‘Price tag’ attacks look like terrorism

    December 30, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    Israel’s military chief of staff said that settler attacks on Palestinians and the army have “characteristics of terrorism.”

    Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, addressing high school students on Friday, said the “price tag” attacks extremist settlers have inflicted on Palestinians and on the...

  • Israeli military chief apologizes for gaffe

    December 7, 2011 | 10:40 am

    The chief of Israel’s armed forces apologized for joking about boycotts by some religious soldiers of female entertainment troupes.

    During an inspection of Golan forces Tuesday, Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz was asked by Defense Minister Ehud Barak about the duties of several female...

  • Israeli reservists called up for surprise pre-Yom Kippur drill

    October 6, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    The Israeli military called up reservists for a surprise drill on the 38th anniversary of the start of the Yom Kippur War.

    Two reserve divisions in central and northern Israel were mobilized Wednesday evening and participated in the exercise until Thursday afternoon, according to reports.

    The exercise was held due to events in the region, Ynet reported. The divisions were declared to be ready by military officials.

    Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, the Israeli military’s chief of staff, observed the exercise.

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