IDF to Remain on Full Alert Over Passover (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 03/29/12)
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The IDF on Tuesday broke with Israeli tradition and ordered all units
to cancel the long-customary Passover leaves and remain on full alert
over the holiday.
Over the years, an army-wide break during Passover became a tradition
followed by all major military units, including the Air Force, Navy
and intelligence corps.
But this year soldiers will have to divide their vacation days among
themselves in order to ensure that their units remain at full
Senior military officials insisted the decision did not stem from any
planned military operations set to occur on - or immediately after -
IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz said Wednesday he gave the order
saying he "does not accept" the notion of an army-wide vacation
According to reports, many soldiers who received the news Tuesday did
not believe the timing of the decision was arbitrary and dismissed
Gantz´s explanation as obfuscation.
Military analysts say the decision does not necessarily reflect plans
to undertake a major operation, but likely stems from ongoing
security concerns originating in Hamas-run Gaza.
Israel averted at least one major terror attack intended to be staged
from Sinai in recent months, killing the alleged planner in an
That strike led to a spike in hostilities with Gaza´s terror gangs,
who fired at least 200 rockets into Israel over a period of four days.
Israeli airstrikes on rocket launching cells firing from densely
populated civilian killed 26 Gazans, of whom at least 21 were
Critics say that Israel´s airstrikes-for-rockets strategic posture
vis-a-vis Gaza has only served to perpetuate the now simmering
security situation in Israel´s south.
A growing cadre of senior security officials and former IDF chiefs
have called for a major Gaza incursion to uproot the terror
Gantz himself has described such an operation as "increasingly
inevitable." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/29/12)
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