Israeli Defense Minister orders forces ready for Iran operations – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense
TEL AVIV: The election of the new hard-line Iranian president, coupled with Washington’s rush to sign a new nuclear deal, have led the Israeli Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, to order certain units to speed up preparations for an armed conflict with Iran, sources told the defense minister’s office.
One of the factors that appears to be behind these measures is that after President Ibrahim Raisi takes office on August 3, he will form a new national security council that should fully obey his orders, said to BD Uzi Rabi, a senior expert here on Iran. .
Raisi held his first official press conference since his election in which he stressed that Iran’s foreign relations would not depend on decisions taken under the nuclear deal.
Last week, Iran’s only nuclear power plant was shut down. Iranian officials have said technical issues forced operations in Bushher to shut down. The plant supplies electricity to some of Iran’s critical sites.
Ron Ben Yishay, one of Israel’s leading defense analysts, wrote on the YNET website that the chances of the United States and the powers reaching a reasonable compromise with Raisi on Iran’s military nuclear program are slim. , as is the case with ballistic missiles that Iran is developing and its regional subversion. Raisi is known as a supporter of the nuclear and missile program.
In a last-minute attempt to persuade Washington not to return to the nuclear deal with Iran, Israel’s Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi today met with Gen. Mark Milley , chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the start of his four-day visit to Washington.
The trip to Washington is Kochavi’s first and is primarily aimed at presenting Americans with intelligence according to Israeli sources that prove Iran is cheating on the nuclear deal. The other subject likely to be discussed is the potential threat posed by Hezbollah to Lebanon, one of the Iranian proxies in the region.
The meeting’s reading offered some insight into the topic, but was as expected: âThe two leaders discussed several issues of mutual interest, including the current security environment across the Middle East. . General Milley reaffirmed the United States’ commitment in its relations with Israel.
During the planned four-day visit, Kochavi will meet with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Head of US Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, and Head of Special Operations Command of the United States. United States (SOCOM) General Richard Clark.
Israel’s Defense Ministry met to discuss the implications of Raisi’s election and concluded that it could accelerate the trend of Iranian positions on the borders of Syria and Lebanon.