JERUSALEM, Israel - In his last address to cabinet ministers on Sunday, outgoing military intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin warned that the relative quiet Israel has enjoyed in the recent past should not "mislead anyone."
"Israel's deterrence is very strong," but the lull shouldn't mislead anyone," Yadlin said at Sunday's cabinet meeting.
"The opposite is true. Our enemies are strengthening and arming themselves," he said.
Yadlin said the next war against Israel would likely be "on more than one front" and might very well include Tel Aviv.
"There is a struggle against Israel's very existence, against which national awareness and intelligence must be readied," he said.
The general said a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic remains the greatest danger to the Jewish state. But Iran's readiness to export "aid" to any nation and group, such as Hezbollah and Hamas, working toward Israel's destruction, must also be factored in.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Yadlin for a job well done during his five-year tenure as head of the IDF's military intelligence.
"I believe that Amos succeeded in giving us the tools with which to assess these dangers and to prepare to meet them," he said.