In response to the sequence of security incidents involving Syria, IDF Chief of Staff Eizenkot says that Israel has been successful in preventing the strengthening of terror organizations and at the same time, keeping the peace along the border.

Israeli Chief of Staff Eizenkot, Archive

Israeli Chief of Staff Eizenkot, Archive Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

In light of recent security incidents in the region, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot said early Tuesday that Israel continues to assert its interests in Syria. “We have become wiser in recent years and are maintaining a good policy,” Eizenkot said at a conference held at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue at Netanya’s Academic College.

During his speech, Eizenkot addressed the four fronts that the IDF grapples with. Referring to Syria, Eizenkot said that “we have implemented a successful policy of non-involvement yet continue to stand by our best interests and it is in our best interest that the status-quo in the region continues.”

“Despite the civil war going on in Syria for the past six years, we have successfully maintained quiet along the border,” explained Eizenkot. “But that being said, we will deny a military build-up from those that we need to be wary of.”

Eizenkot also addressed the attempts that terror organizations throughout the entire Middle East are making to arm themselves in response to the collapse of nation-states in the Arab Spring. “The dissolution of the states has led to the strengthening of terror organizations,” he explained. According to him, this is “apparent in their attempts to arm themselves with high precision weapons and high trajectory shooting capabilities, and their efforts to equip themselves with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and air defense capabilities.”