Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said during a tour of northern Israel on Tuesday that the military would be ready in the event that war breaks out along the Lebanese border.
"All the sides are interested in quiet, which has prevailed here since the Second Lebanon War (in 2006). If there is no quiet, they will find us ready," Ashkenazi said, while referring to a Hezbollah rocket cache that exploded in southern Lebanon in July.
"The explosions showed that Hezbollah is arming and getting stronger, but the IDF is organized and ready for everything."
Ashkenazi added that he planned to spend the upcoming Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah in the north, to "celebrate, have a good time and enjoy the views that the Galilee offers."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday that Israel holds the Lebanese government accountable for last week''s rocket attacks on northern Israel.
Two rockets launched from Lebanon hit open areas in the Western Galilee on Friday. An Israel Defense Forces artillery unit shot back at the launch area, firing some 12 artillery shells. No casualties or damage were reported on either side.
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