YNet News: Speaking at the annual Sderot Conference for Society, Maj. Gen. Zamir stressed that “the threats on the borders haven’t been lifted. We’re committed to remain on guard and to be prepared for war. And if it breaks out, to win it.”
Addressing the situation on the Israel-Gaza border since Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, Zamir said the prosperity there “is the result of a strong society that showed immense strength, and a responsible leadership that navigates in complicated conditions.” more …
Opinion: The Israeli Southern Command is a regional command of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). It is responsible for the Negev/Sinai, the Arava (dead sea) , and Eilat. It is currently headed by Aluf Eyal Zamir.
The current size of the Israeli Ground Forces is estimated at roughly 133,000 active soldiers and 380,000 soldiers in reserve and has led in five wars since Israel’s independence:
- The 1948 Arab-Israeli War
- The 1956 Suez war
- The 1967 Six Day War
- The 1967 War of Attrition
- The 1973 Yom Kippur War
During the Al-Aqsa Intifada, the Command was placed in charge of counter-terrorist efforts. In 2005, the Southern Command was involved in the unilateral Gaza disengagement plan.
When the Psalm 83 war breaks out, GOC territory would include 3 of the invading forces:
- The Tents of Edom – Palestinians of the West Bank.
- Moab and Ammon – Palestinians of central and northern Jordan (also called children of Lot, Gen. 19:30-38)
- Ishmaelites – Ishmael settled in the Arabian Peninsula, modern day Saudi Arabia
- Hagrites – Hagar, mother of Ishmael, was from Egypt
- Amalek – Eternal enemy of the Israelites (Ex. 17:16), Arabs of the Sinai
- Gebal – Arabs of northern Lebanon
- Philistia – Palestinians of Gaza, Hamas
- The Inhabitants of Tyre – Shiite Arabs of southern Lebanon
- Assyria – Syria and Kurdish northern Iraq
The IDF will handle the rest.