PM Netanyahu: Israeli army 'ready for all eventualities'

02/15/2011 19:19

From News From Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking just days after Egypt's regime collapsed and an Arab world went into revolt said the Israeli military is "ready for all eventualities" as the Arab and Muslim world undergoes "an earthquake."

Speaking at a swearing in ceremony for new army Chief Major General Benny Gantz Netanyahu said "An earthquake is shaking the whole Arab world and a large part of the Muslim world and we don't yet know how these things will turn out.”

He also said during a ceremony at his Jerusalem office  "We are ready for all eventualities because we know that the foundation of our existence, and our capacity to convince our neighbours to live in peace with us, is based on the Israeli army."

The new Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, will replace Lt. Gen.Gabi Ashkenazi, who served as Chief of the General Staff in the last four years and is retiring from the IDF after 40 years of service.

Gantz thanked the outgoing chief Lt. Gen.Gabi Ashkenazi and said 'the smiles end today and the hard work begins.'

Gantz convened his first meeting of the General Staff and laid out his vision for the IDF as it prepares for challenges including possible confrontations with Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran.


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