The IDF has reported that its intelligence and operational capabilities are at their peak, which has resulted in Israel's enemies not wishing for all-out conflict in the near future. That could change, however, reports Israel Hayom's Gideon Allon and Lilach Shoval, as localized incidents and terror attacks could cause escalations:
There are currently no signs of Israel facing an impending attack by one of its enemies, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Wednesday, adding the military has never been in a better position to counter the threats Israel faces.
Eizenkot stressed the IDF was preparing contingencies for various escalation scenarios and noted that the intelligence and operational capabilities at the military's disposal were unprecedented. Still, he warned that "a small incident on any one of the five fronts facing Israel could ultimately lead to a full-fledged escalation..."
"We are countering Hezbollah's efforts to get more precise weapon systems, with the goal of avoiding a flare-up," Eizenkot said. "We are employing a whole host of methods, but it would be best if I did not elaborate. Keeping Iran away and reducing its clout pose a challenge that is as important as defeating the Islamic State."
Eizenkot said the Shiite terrorist group was systemically violating United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 from 2006 by using the Lebanese civilian population to disguise its activities along the border.
According to Eizenkot, the U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, UNIFIL, helps keep the calm but does not do enough to report Hezbollah's violations.
Commenting on the southern front, the IDF chief said that Hamas was "torn between its terrorist nature and its role as the ruling entity in the Gaza Strip, as well as torn between its desire to get funding from Iran and its interest in being on good terms with Egypt..."
Eizenkot said the IDF has been successful in thwarting terrorism in Judea and Samaria, primarily because of the troops' operational capabilities...