IDF Chief of General Staff Comments on Russian-Syrian Arms Deals, 21 Sept 2010

Earlier today, the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi visited the Paratroopers’ Brigade general exercise taking place in southern Israel.

During the exercise, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi said that Israel has been following the arms deals between Russia and Syria for a while now. Furthermore, he noted that this was an unwelcome development, however one the IDF was prepared for. Regarding any suspicion that the weapons would be transferred to the hands of Hezbollah, he said, in recent years there has been a worrisome trend where a large part of the Syrian arsenal finds its way to the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

The Chief of the General Staff also noted: “One of the most important things is to prepare the army for the possibility of war in a number of fronts, including the Northern front. The Paratroopers Brigade is one of the key forces on each front. In this exercise there has been exceptional cooperation between air and ground forces, where pilots have learnt the complexities that the ground forces must deal with, so that they can support them from the air.”

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