13 January 2023

Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi reiterated that “what is important is not to allow Iran to obtain a nuclear bomb, but also not to get to the point where it can rapidly break out into a nuclear bomb within weeks… Our responsibility in the IDF is to be ready to strike a substantial blow against the nuclear facilities and also against second-level military targets, and to be ready for a broader conflict with Iran”. He further noted: “In under a year, we are going to have carried out three training exercises with dozens of aircraft, refueling aircraft and all of the operative units. In addition, we also established an Iran Department in the IDF... All of this speaks for itself regarding the level of preparation that we are achieving”. “All of this is in order to prepare the IDF for the day the order will be given to attack”, Kohavi emphasised. “We are preparing this option. If the political echelon decides, they will have this tool available”.

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