Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi has a dire message for the world: Iran is the most dangerous country in the Middle East. Dangers of Iran’s nuclear ambition is no secret, but what deems them the most dangerous country in an already tumultuous part of the world? According to The Times Of Israel:
“Kohavi warned that Iran’s influence reaches into the first of the three circles of threats against Israel, the first being small terror groups on Israel’s borders, like Hamas; the second being larger threats, like the Syrian army and Hezbollah; and the third being countries that do not share a border with Israel, like Iran and Iraq.”
Kohavi said that although Iran is in the third circle of threats against Israel, “it is the most influential in the first and second circles. It has made considerable progress in its nuclear program, but the nuclear [threat] is no longer the only threat.”
“Iran has become the most dangerous country in the Middle East,” said Kohavi. In addition to nuclear power, “Iran also holds conventional weapons” Kohavi added, speaking at a ceremony to install a new head of the IDF Planning Directorate, held at Tel Aviv’s army headquarters. Specifically, “it is supporting and financing our enemies in the first circle and chiefly Hezbollah, it influences and supports Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, and it is behind attempts at terror actions against Israel in a variety of dimensions and arenas, near and far” added Kohavi.
Multiple shifts are taking place in the IDF’s “rejiggered Planning Directorate,” including creating the position of Third-Circle Directorate which will focus primarily on Israel’s fight against Iran. Changes of the Israel Defense Forces are part of the military’s multi-year Momentum Plan. “The reality of recent years has changed significantly – the global and regional environment are very dynamic,” said Maj. Gen. Tal Kalman who became the new chief of the Strategy and Third-Circle Directorate.
Maj. Gen. Tomer Bar will be in command of the newly renamed Force Design Directorate to oversee “the development of new combat and weapons techniques, specifically, that require cooperation between the various branches of the military” reported the Times Of Israel.
“By correctly making use of the technology we will expose the hidden enemy and, with high lethality and by realizing the multilateral spaces, carry out what is expected of us, creating force multipliers on the battlefield and reaching a rapid victory in every arena and facing any threat,” said Bar.