Gantz: Iran is the main focus of IDF activities

April 23, 2013 02:02
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Iran is the main focus of the IDF's activities, and will continue to be so into the foreseeable future, IDF Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, told a security conference held by the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv on Monday.

"Iran must be pressured on its nuclear program and global terrorist activities. The focus of our activities in the coming future, and in general, will be Iran," Gantz said. 

The Islamic Republic is continuing to "exploit ongoing dialogue to carry out strategic activity" linked to its military nuclear program, the chief of staff said. Sanctions and international isolation were having a big effect on Tehran, and might yet cause it to decide to change its path, he added.

"Iran is striving for regional hegemony. In all of the places it is involved, the implications of its capabilities are far wider than something local or regional," Gantz stated.

Turning his attention to Syria, Gantz said the country was marked by growing instability in areas where Basher Assad once ruled. "Iran and Hezbollah are involved up to their neck - and higher -" in attempts to safeguard the Syrian regime, while also preparing for a post-Assad future, Gantz said. "Strangely, there is Russian support for Assad," he added.

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