Israel doesn't expect new confrontations with Hizbullah

Published September 21st, 2009 - 01:50 GMT

Israel does not expect new confrontations with Lebanon's Hizbullah in the near future, mainly due to the deterrence it created during the 2006 war, Israel's top general said on Monday.

 

"Since the second Lebanon war, calm has prevailed ... it stems from the fact that the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) has managed to gain effective deterrence in the north," Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, the head of the Israeli army, said in a radio interview.

 

"I think Hizbullah is not interested, at least at the moment, in renewing actions. But at the same time we are not complacent, we are following events," he told the Army Radio.

 

"It is true that Hizbullah is arming ... I think the IDF has the answers, and in the end we are prepared and I know I can rely on the army. We are a strong, high-quality force," Ashkenazi said.

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