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Gantz, defense chiefs hold assessment on ceasefire

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Defense Minister Beny Gantz (center) holds an assessment with military chief of staff Aviv Kohavi (right) and other officials at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, August 8, 2022. (Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Beny Gantz (center) holds an assessment with military chief of staff Aviv Kohavi (right) and other officials at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, August 8, 2022. (Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz wraps up an assessment with senior military and security officials, as a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad holds since last night.

Gantz expresses “great appreciation” to the Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet security agency, his office says.

“The defense minister instructed the security forces to continue operational readiness in all areas, and to work to take advantage of the achievements of the operation to achieve stability and peace,” a statement adds.

Gantz also instructs officials to prepare a task force to strengthen defenses in towns in southern Israel, especially those close to the border with the Gaza Strip.

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