ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 146

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IDF chief says army ready for invasion

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

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (center) speaks to commanders of the 146th Division in northern Israel, October 23, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (center) speaks to commanders of the 146th Division in northern Israel, October 23, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi says ground forces are “very well prepared” for an offensive in the Gaza Strip.

“We want to bring Hamas to a point of disintegration. Its leadership, its military wing. That is why we attack with great force. We are killing senior commanders, killing operatives, destroying infrastructure, and acting with great determination,” Halevi says to commanders of the 146th Division in northern Israel.

“A maneuver in the south has been very well prepared,” Halevi says.

Referring to apparent delays in the ground offensive, Halevi says, “There are tactical, operative, and strategic considerations, which gave us more time. and forces that have more time prepare better, and this is what the forces are doing now.”

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