Is war looming?
IDF’s Chief of Staff toured Israel’s Golan Heights to investigate scenarios the military may execute should Syria fulfill its announced intention to return it’s army to Quneitra, part of the demilitarized buffer zone of the 1974 armistice agreement signed following the Yom Kippur War.
By Alex Fishman
The 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria may be in danger of collapsing, with Syria’s announced intention to return military forces to the town of Quneitra, located three kilometers from the Israeli border.
The city is located in the buffer zone between Israel and Syria, that according to the Separation Agreement is supposed to remain demilitarized. Continue Reading »
Tension escalates in the northern Golan as IDF tank fires a second ‘warning shot’ at a Syrian military position along its border after spotting construction work that’s in violation to the 1974 UN ceasefire agreement.
By Yoav Zitun
An IDF tank fired another warning shot on a Syrian military position Sunday evening in the northern Golan Heights, a day after another tank opened fire near the Druze village of Hader in Syria as Israel discovered the Syrian army was conducting construction along their border.
IDF tanks in the Golan Heights – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The IDF says Syria violated the 1974 ceasefire agreement on the Golan Heights by using heavy tools to fortify a military post in the demilitarized zone between the countries. Continue Reading »
Speaking at the Knesset, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot reports Hezbollah’s rockets are not particularly accurate at the moment, and under the nose of UNIFIL forces, Hezbollah continues to violate UN resolution 1701, so the IDF’s “top priority” is to keep Hezbollah from improving the accuracy of its missiles.
By LAHAV HARKOV, ANNA AHRONHEIM
Eleven years after the Second Lebanon War, stopping Hezbollah from improving the accuracy of its missiles and rockets is the “top priority” of the army, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot stated Wednesday.
Speaking at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Eisenkot stated that IDF has used the time since the Second Lebanon War to dramatically improve its abilities and now has better intelligence and operational capabilities than ever before. Continue Reading »
The latest offensive by an ISIS-allied group in the tri-border region of southwest Syria, Israel and Jordan has quickly captured 4 villages and is currently endangering the Syrian city of Daraa, whose southwest suburb is already under ISIS control.
BY Roi Kais
ISIS-affiliated groups opened a major offensive in the tri-nation border of Israel, Syria and Jordan, attacking various rebel factions and have managed to take control of four villages—Adwan, Saham al-Jawlan, Jalin and Tasil—in addition to the strategic southwestern suburb of Daraa, which is the capital of Hauran.
Israel-Syria-Jordan triborders – Google Maps
Areas change hands somewhat frequently, but a rapid victory on this scale has not been seen in some time. Continue Reading »
The document released by Chief of Staff Eisenkot to the public explains the differences between ‘wartime’ & an ’emergency’ situation, and details how Israel won’t initiate wars, but, if war is forced upon it, the IDF will go on the offense rather than the defense.
By Ron Ben Yishai, Adva Cohen
In an unprecedented move, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot released a document to the public on Thursday defining and detailing the army’s national security strategy.
Defining clear objectives to any military campaign – Photo: AFP
The document details what can be expected from the IDF during three types of situations: Routine time, emergency situations and wartime. Continue Reading »
Replacing Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Galilee-born Eisenkot, 54, was sworn in as Israel’s 21st chief of staff in a ceremony that included his promotion to Lieutenant-General.
Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot was sworn in as the 21st chief of staff of the IDF on Monday, replacing Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, who completed his IDF duty after 37 years of military service, at a ceremony held at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem.
PM Netanyahu and DM Ya’alon appoint Eisenkot as new IDF Chief of Staff with the rank of Lt Gen. – Photo: Offer Meir
Members of the Israeli establishment were in attendence Monday, among them Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and even opposition politician Tzipi Livni. Continue Reading »