IDF officer: ‘continued instability’ expected on Israel’s northern front

The Israel-Syria border crossing at Quneitra, on Israel's northern front. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi on Sunday replaced Maj. Gen. Yair Golan as General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Northern Command. Kochavi said a ceremony in Safed that Israel’s northern front, which he is now in charge of protecting, “is at the center of the storm raging in the Middle East.”

“This area shows the struggle between religions, ethnic groups, and superpowers, and has become more out of control, more Islamist, and more violent,” Kochavi said, according to Israel Hayom. “All of this ensures continued instability on the [northern] front. The radical axis of Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah may be joined by other terrorist groups, drenched with ideological extremism, who could change their goals and turn the state of Israel into a target.”

Kochavi, the Israeli army’s former military intelligence chief, added that the IDF “must continue to prepare our forces… in a manner that will lead to a response that is surprising, powerful, and unequivocal in terms of its result.”

Posted on November 3, 2014 .