Israel has “significantly accelerated” preparations for action against Iran’s nuclear program, said army chief Aviv Kohavi: in an interview published Monday.
Kohav told Walla news that “an important” chunk of the boost for the defense budget, as was recently agreed, was intended for this goal. It’s a whole complicated function, with a lot of more intelligence, a lot more operational capabilities, many more armament. We are working on all these things.”
The head of the Israel Defense Forces said: military’s current main goal is “minimizing the Iranian presence” in the Middle East, with an emphasis on Syria…but these operations last place in the entire Middle East. They are also against hamas, against Hezbollah.”
Kohavi said Israeli strikes and other operations “have greatly reduced Iran’s presence and weapons”. in the northern arena, sure in comparison met what they were looking for.” He said the army was “bad” active in disrupting the smuggling routes of Hezbollah, of hamas, of Iran, in all regions.”
The IDF “is” operating at much greater depths, at 360 degrees in the entire Middle East. It doesn’t wait for the threat die comes. It prepares, it meets [the threat] head-on, neutralizes it, takes root out.”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz also threats issued against Iran last month, telling foreign diplomats that Israel may have to take military action against Iran.
“The state of Israel has the means to act and will not hesitate to do so. I do not do rule out the possibility that Israel will have to take action in the future in to prevent a nuclear Iran,” Gantz said.
“Iran is only two months away from acquiring the materials required for a nuclear weapon. We do not know if the Iranian regime is willing to sign an agreement and come back at the negotiating table and the international community should build a viable ‘Plan B’ in to stop Iran in his tracks in towards a nuclear weapon,” he said added.
While Iran is believed to be two months away from obtaining the nuclear fuel material needed for a bomb, the IDF has ruled it would take at least a few more months from then on before Tehran in state would be of produce a deliverable weapon, die need time to build a core, perform testing and install the device in a rocket.
On Sunday Kohavi visited the home of a border police sniper fatally wounded during a riot along the border met Gaza last month to express his condolences to the smoking family.
Barel Hadaria Shmueli was shot in the head in the whole range by a Palestinian gunman on August 21 and succumbed to his injuries just over a week later. On Friday, the IDF released its first findings of her research on Shmueli’s death, mainly blaming on the way in which troops were deployed along the Gaza border barrier during the riots.
To be family, by with right-wing activists and opposition lawmakers, accused the military of to spend overly restrictive rules of involvement die in their view prevented the troops from keeping the rioters away from the border fence. shmuelis father has Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and top military commanders should resign over the incident, are mother said she doesn’t trust the government of the army, and the family has rejected the IDF’s investigation, die demands an independent investigation.
The IDF has denied that the open-fire rules were to blame – he noted that Shmueli himself fired at the rioters as they rushed the border – saying that issue was it way in which troops were deployed.
In Monday’s interview, Kohavi said that while mistakes “will happen” in combat, the military should back his officers of it will remain without any.
“There was a mistake in the way we prepared from the moment the riots started,” Kohavi told Walla. of the Gaza riots. “The first preparation was very good. There was a mistake there, a mistake that happened like a result of decision-to make in realtime, under pressure, in conditions of insecurity. This has happened, is happening and will happen in any war.”
But, he said, “We remember that… [commanders] also make a great a lot of good decisions die Israeli burgers protect… Mistakes can happen, but we need to remember back them up. If we don’t back them up we finish up without commanders. Without anyone to guard the borders.”
His comments were similar met die he made in Sunday a letter to the commanders.
“A society die not back to be soldiers and commanders, even if they make mistakes, will find that there is no one around fight for the,” Kohavi wrote: in his note.
It was the duty of the IDF to investigate thoroughly, “to join the” truth and learn the lessons, but mistakes of judgment on the battlefield are not business for guilt and punishment,” he stated.
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