Israeli leaders tell military, civil defense forces: Be ready for all scenarios.

Israeli PM Netanyahu and IDF Chief Gantz at a military ceremony (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Israeli PM Netanyahu and IDF Chief Gantz at a military ceremony (photo: Marc Israel Sellem/Jerusalem Post)

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(Washington, D.C.) — Israeli leaders on Thursday warned Iran and Syria not to test the might of the IDF, even as Israeli military and civil defense forces were told to be ready for all scenarios.

“Refusing to be drawn into a public screaming match with Syria and Iran, Israel’s  leaders on Thursday ignored apocalyptic threats and repeated the mantra voiced  continually since Sunday: Israel is not involved in the Syrian crisis but will respond fiercely if attacked,” reports the Jerusalem Post. “Prior to holding another round of security  consultations in Tel Aviv about the situation in Syria, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on camera and in his own voice what his office has been saying in  his name throughout the week.”

“At present there is no need to change daily routines,” Netanyau said. “Despite the low assessment regarding Israel’s involvement in what is going on in Syria, we decided to deploy Iron Dome  batteries as well as our other intercept systems. We are not involved in the  civil war in Syria. But I would like to reiterate, if anyone tries to harm Israel’s citizens, the IDF will respond with great strength.”

“Netanyahu’s remarks came a few hours  after Mohammed Ali Jafari, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said a US strike on Syria would lead to the ‘imminent destruction’ of Israel,” noted the Post. “The theme of Netanyahu’s comments were expanded upon later in  remarks IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz made at a ceremony for the  fallen sailors of the Israeli navy.

Gantz said: “The IDF is at the start of challenging days. We have no part in the events taking place nearby to us, but in the event that fire is directed in Israel’s direction, it’s clear to every leader in our region and in the whole world that the price [for the attacker] will be heavy and the losses of the enemy will be stinging and difficult….We’ve analyzed the various implications from every possible development… and we are prepared for every scenario. Our capabilities to gather [intelligence] and to attack are most  advanced, and our defenses — in the air, sea, and land — are ready and staffed by the best of our soldiers and commanders, conscripts and reserves.”

Meanwhile, “at a meeting with representatives from government ministries and emergency  services, Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan instructed attendees to  increase their readiness and widen communications with local  authorities,” reports the Jerusalem Post in a separate article. “He also asked local government representatives to examine  the readiness of public bomb shelters.”

“Although the security evaluation is that the chances of Israel  being attacked are low, the security forces and home front protection  organizations are prepared for all scenarios,” he said at the end of the meeting, which concluded on Wednesday evening.

“On Thursday, the Home Front Command extended the opening hours for gas mask distribution centers, to  cope with the massive demand of recent days,” the Post noted. “Anxious Israelis have  flooded the centers, anticipating an attack on Israel in response to any strike  by the US and its allies on Syria over the regime’s probable use of chemical  weapons. The centers, based in Israel Postal Service offices, will now be  open each day from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., but the number of centers will not  increase. Gaby Ofir, the former director-general of the Homeland Security  Ministry, said that ‘the number of gas masks in Israel today is not  sufficient.'”


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