- Israel’s Army Chief of Staff Threatens to Wage War on Iran
by Tel Aviv – Nazir Magally, https://english.aawsat.com/
Israel’s top general appeared to refer implicitly to Iran in comments Sunday about Israeli military operations. Israel’s Army Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi said his army had obtained an enhanced offensive capability ready to transform its training to military operations at any time.
His comments came following reports claiming that the Israeli Mossad intelligence service had a role in an attack that targeted Tehran’s Natanz nuclear site. The army’s “operations in the Middle East are not hidden from the eyes of the enemy,” Kohavi said at a memorial service in Jerusalem for fallen soldiers. “They are watching us, seeing [our] abilities and weighing their steps with caution,” he added.
Kohavi also highlighted the drills scheduled for May and said it will be a month of the war, during which “we will conduct training on various fighting methods.” “We are ready to transform this military drill into an actual military operation,” he commented in a direct threat to Tehran. He also responded to accusations and threats against Israel following a mine attack on an Iranian freighter in the Red Sea.
“Thanks to other complex and smart military operations, and thanks to you, soldiers and officers of the Israeli army, the past year has been one of the most secure for Israel and its citizens,” Kohavi told his soldiers.
The military commander’s remarks came hours after published Iranian reports indicated that the Natanz nuclear facility faced a technical incident, before confirming that it has been attacked.