Israel's readiness to attack Iran's nuclear sites improved - IDF chief

“The Iranian vision to establish a second Hezbollah in Syria has been disrupted,” IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi said.

 Aviv Kohavi delivers a speech at the INSS conference, December 27, 2022. (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
Aviv Kohavi delivers a speech at the INSS conference, December 27, 2022.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

Israel carries out on average at least one operation against Iran every week somewhere throughout the Middle East, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi said Tuesday. The IDF will be ready when and if it is given the order to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, he said.

The level of preparedness for an operation in Iran has dramatically improved,” Kohavi said at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. “I will say more than that. The IDF will be ready for the day when an order is given to act against the nuclear program, and it will fulfill the mission that it is given.”

"The IDF will be ready for the day when an order is given to act against the nuclear program and it will fulfill the mission that it is given."

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi

“The Iranian vision to establish a second Hezbollah in Syria has been disrupted,” he said. “The Iranians wanted to deploy hundreds of surface-to-surface missiles in Syria alongside tens of thousands of Shia militiamen.”

 Members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) attend an IRGC ground forces military drill in the Aras area, East Azerbaijan province, Iran, October 17, 2022. (credit: IRGC/WANA/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS) Members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) attend an IRGC ground forces military drill in the Aras area, East Azerbaijan province, Iran, October 17, 2022. (credit: IRGC/WANA/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

Fewer Iranian bases, forces and weapons in Syria thanks to Israeli efforts

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi had been scheduled to visit Syria on Tuesday, said Kohavi, who wraps up his term next month.

“If he had come, he would see that there is a lot less weaponry and fewer bases and forces,” he said. “This didn’t happen on its own, but rather, due to [Israel’s] war between wars, which will mark 10 years in March.”

The “war between wars” is the IDF’s name for the covert military campaign it has been waging against Iranian efforts to entrench itself in Syria.

“We need to look at Iran collectively and beyond its geographic borders,” Kohavi said. “Alongside nuclear capabilities and exporting the revolution, there is also the use of proxies and militias in the Middle East and Africa.”