The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY ANSHEL PF­EF­FER

ON SUN­DAY, the IDF in­au­gu­rated a new spe­cial forces for­ma­tion, the Oz (“val­our”) Bri­gade, to take on ji­hadi groups deep in­side enemy ter­ri­tory.

The bri­gade amal­ga­mates four elite units spe­cial­is­ing in oper­a­tions in dif­fi­cult ter­rain, pre­vi­ously un­der sep­a­rate com­mands. At the bri­gade’s launch cer­e­mony, IDF Chief of Staff Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Gadi Eizenkot re­marked: “You don’t need a wide un­der­stand­ing of in­tel­li­gence and strat­egy to grasp the sen­si­tiv­ity of this pe­riod. When you look north and see the boast­ful words and the spirit blow­ing in from Le­banon, the threats from Daesh com­man­ders in Syria and Iraq, the wave of es­ca­la­tion we have been fac­ing in re­cent months in Judea and Sa­maria and the threats from the south, you can see that we must en­hance the ca­pa­bil­i­ties we have in our small area.”

Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Bagh­dadi was not alone in making direct threats against Is­rael. Hizbol­lah chiefs have been making sim­i­lar noises in the wake of the as­sas­si­na­tion of mur­derer and for­mer Hizbol­lah op­er­a­tive Samir Kun­tar two weeks ago.

Al­though Is­rael has re­fused to ac­knowl­edge or deny it was be­hind the strike on Kun­tar, Hizbol­lah chief Has­san Nas­ral­lah warned Is­rael in two speeches that the Le­banese move­ment would re­tal­i­ate.

Is­raeli an­a­lysts be­lieve that with Hizbol­lah’s fight­ers deeply com­mit­ted in Syria and around 1,400 of its fight­ers dead, the move­ment will have trou­ble launch­ing a ma­jor re­tal­i­a­tion, but that a “lim­ited” border at­tack is likely. IDF forces on the Le­banese border are now on high alert and have been re­in­forced.

Daesh ji­hadis put on a show march in Syria

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