Gantz spoke with heads of authorities in the north: “There are no special instructions for the home front”

Fear of escalation in the north? Defense Minister Benny Gantz today (Friday) held a conversation with heads of authorities on the conflict line in the north, against the background of the explosion in contacts with Lebanon on the maritime border.

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In the conversation, Defense Minister Gantz informed the heads of the authorities about the developments as well as the preparations and operations of the defense system. The Minister of Defense emphasized that at this stage there are no special instructions for the home front, and if there are they will be transmitted in an orderly manner. The Minister of Defense wished all the participants a happy and peaceful holiday.

Also participating in the conversation were Deputy Minister of Defense Alon Shuster, head of the Defense Ministry’s Defense Ministry Brigadier General Yoram Laredo, commander of the Northern District of the Home Front Command Col. Bezalel Schnaid and commander of the Home Front Center in the Northern Command Brigadier General Alon Friedman, this in the background of the from opposite Lebanon on the maritime border.

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As a reminder, last night’s meeting of the political-security cabinet concluded, the ministers authorized Prime Minister Yair Lapid to make decisions in the scenario of an escalation on the northern border without the need to convene the cabinet once more – this is what senior Israelis who participated in the meeting said. The ministers also authorized Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to make decisions in this scenario.

Earlier, Gantz assessed the situation together with the Chief of Staff, Major General Aviv Kochavi, the Director General of the Ministry of Defense and the Head of the Operations Division. As part of the assessment of the situation, the Minister of Defense instructed the IDF to prepare for a scenario of escalation in the north, both in the offensive and defensive efforts, in view of the developments in the negotiations on the maritime border.

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The heads of the authorities that participated in the conversation included the head of the regional council Meta Asher and the chairman of the Line of Conflict Forum Moshe Davidovitz, the head of the Kfar Vardim council Eyal Shmueli, the head of the Upper Galil regional council Giora Zaltz, the head of the HaMaale Or Ilan elementary school council, the head of the Hermon entrances council Bnei Ben Mobacher, Head of Mazraa Council Fouad Awad, Head of Regional Council Ma’ale Yosef Shimon Guetta.

Other participants were the Mayor of Ma’alot Tarshikha Arkady Pomerantz, the Mayor of the Marom HaGalil Regional Council Amit Sofer, the Mayor of Nahariya Ronan Marli, the Mayor of Kiryat Shmona Avichai Stern, the Mayor of Shlomi Council Gabi Naaman, the Chairman of the Beit Jan Local Council Radi Najem , the head of the Gush Halab local council Elias Elias, the head of the regional council Golan Haim Rokah, the head of the local council Katzrin Dmitri Afratsev and the head of the local council Dr. Mati Avni.


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