Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi 390.
(photo credit: Courtesy IDF Spokesman’s Office)
Short-term risks to Israel are on the rise, and the seeds for new threats are
being planted in some arenas, OC Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi
warned on Tuesday.
He spoke during a ceremony marking the completion of
an intelligence course for officers.
While acknowledging that in the long
run, the winds of regional events “might bring opportunity and change,” Kochavi
said that for the time being, Syria furnished the “most disturbing example” of
It is attracting “thousands of radical jihadi activists from the area and
the world, who are basing themselves in the country, not only to topple Assad,
but also to promote the vision of an Islamic religious state,” he
“Before our eyes, a global jihadi center is developing on our
doorstep, on a large scale, which might influence not only Syria, and not only
the State of Israel, but also Lebanon, Jordan and the Sinai Peninsula, and could
impact the whole region,” Kochavi said.