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Gantz: Readiness is a "Moral Obligation"

IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told soldiers on Monday that readiness is a “moral obligation.”

“Israel and the IDF are now at the mouth of a complex period that bears new challenges,” Gantz told members of the Kfir brigade.

“Over the past few months we saw a large-scale processes that changed the face of the Middle East in unprecedented ways,” said Gantz, “the consequences of the chaos that took hold of the region can see now the different fronts.”

Gantz also took the opportunity to criticize planned IDF budget cuts in favor satisfying demands by ‘social protesters’, saying, “the IDF must be prepared for any challenge we face and we therefore cannot compromise on service to our troops and their training. We do not have the privilege not to be ready with our strength at a moment’s notice.”

“The duty of preparedness and operational readiness is a moral obligation,” Gantz said. “This obligation is to safeguard the security and future of Israel. We are on guard: strong, ready, trained and prepared to confront any enemy.”

Gantz concluded his speech saying, “I know we now face various challenges in the field, but we have valuable experience, quality professionals, operational readiness and moral strength.”

Gantz comments come among uncomfortable relations with post-Mubrak Cairo, a diplomatic row manufactured by Turkey, increased terrorism in Israel’s south, and rising tensions over the PA statehood bid at the United Nations this coming Friday.

The IDF has been preparing for widespread violence emmanating from PA administered enclaves in Judea and Samaria, as well as Hamas-run Gaza, in connection with the bid. 

On Sunday a large convoy of 40-50 cars containing Arabs drove toward the Jewish community of Negohot honking horns and waving PLO flags, but was not confronted by soldiers who have been ordered only to respond to “violence.”

The incident has raised questions about the veracity of promises to protect Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria – and whether purported red-lines which Arabs may not cross when marching on such communities really exist.

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