SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 2 August 2021, Monday |

Gantz: We are ready to use our capabilities everywhere, even in Lebanon

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned on Thursday that future military conflicts on Northern and Southern borders are likely to involve Israeli ground troops.

Speaking at a memorial ceremony at Mount Herzl marking 15 years since the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, Gantz proclaimed that the Israel Defense Forces is “prepared to engage our full capacity.”

“In future campaigns, or, God forbid, in war, if we need to get into enemy territory, ground troops, both in regular and reserve duty, will constitute a central component of the fighting,” Gantz said. “We will use them if it becomes necessary.”

The defense minister noted that his statement applies to a potential future conflict along the border with Lebanon or anywhere else.