Israel will face a more unstable, tense, and Islamist environment than in the
past, Military Intelligence head Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi told IDF Chief of Staff,
Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz on Monday.
The comments were made during a
presentation of an annual Military Intelligence evaluation.
“It will be
an environment that deals with a series of crises, regional and internal, which
raises the level of sensitivity of all players, and which could lead, without
prior planning, to an eruption,” said Kochavi.
The annual intelligence
evaluation is produced by the the Research Division of Military Intelligence,
and is based on intelligence gathering by the IDF and the intelligence community
at large. It is designed to create a current regional evaluation and point out
strategic and operational challenges. The report will be sent to the government
Last month, during a briefing to the Foreign Ministry, Kochavi
estimated that Syrian President “Bashar Assad will not survive the uprising,
even if it takes some more time.”
Kochavi expressed his concern that the Golan Heights region might become a terror hotbed, similar to the Sinai
“Recently over 10 infrastructures of deadly terror attacks
were dismantled [in Sinai],” he said last month, prior to the deadly terror
attack on Egyptian security personnel by al-Qaida-inspired attackers in Sinai,
and their failed attempt to subsequently attack Israeli targets.