21 November 2022

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with the Israel’s military chief of staff and reiterated “the Administration’s ironclad support for Israel’s security”. The two also reaffirmed “their shared determination to address security challenges impacting the Middle East, including the threats posed by Iran and its proxies”, while Sullivan emphasised President Biden’s “commitment to ensuring that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon”. According to an Israeli readout, during his visit to the U.S. Kohavi “held a series of meetings with senior U.S. officials… where they discussed further strengthening the cooperation between our militaries and mutual regional threats, primarily the Iranian nuclear threats”. It went on to assert that “on the one hand, Iran is under many economic, military and internal pressures, and on the other hand, it continues to promote its nuclear program. The IDF strongly promotes all operational plans against the Iranian threat… It was agreed that we are at a critical point in time that requires the acceleration of operational plans and cooperation against Iran and its terrorist proxies in the region”. Kohavi subsequently remarked that “in order to improve our capabilities in the face of challenges in the region, joint activity with the U.S. Central Command will be significantly expanded in the near future. At the same time, the IDF will continue to act at an accelerated rate against the entrenchment of the Iranian regime in the region”.

Subscribe to Crisis Group’s Email Updates

Receive the best source of conflict analysis right in your inbox.