IDF Chief Urges US to Accelerate Joint Plans for Military Action on Iran

By Hamodia Staff

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM – IDF chief Aviv Kohavi has urged American defense officials to step up joint plans for offensive actions against Iran, during his 5-day visit to Washington.

“During the discussions, it was agreed that we are at a critical point in time that requires the acceleration of operational plans and cooperation against Iran and its terrorist proxies in the region,” Kohavi said in remarks provided by the IDF on Tuesday.

“On the one hand, Iran is under many economic, military, and internal pressures, and on the other hand, it continues to promote its nuclear program. The IDF strongly promotes all operational plans against the Iranian threat,” Kohavi said.

However, a report of a U.S.-Israel drill next week simulating strikes against Iran and its proxies attributed earlier Tuesday by the Kan public broadcaster to the IDF spokesperson, was cast into doubt.

A military source was quoted by The Times of Israel as saying that they were unaware of such a drill, and there was no mention of such plans in the statement released by Kohavi’s office on Tuesday.

On Monday, Kohavi met with Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, and CIA Director William Burns. He also met with the Israel Ambassador to the US Michael Herzog.

Israel has been pushing for the U.S. to prepare military contingency plans to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. President Biden has said he is prepared to use military force if necessary, but only if diplomacy fails.

While the ongoing European Union-sponsored talks have so far failed to revive 2015 nuclear deal with Iran known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran has gone ahead with its nuclear program.

Non-proliferation experts warned on Tuesday that Tehran already has enough 60%-enriched uranium to reprocess into fuel for at least one nuclear bomb.

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