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IDF chief: Israel has ‘moral obligation’ to ready military response to Iran’s nukes

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

IDF chief Aviv Kohavi speaks at a ceremony marking the change of the Home Front Command's chief, July 16, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF chief Aviv Kohavi speaks at a ceremony marking the change of the Home Front Command's chief, July 16, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

In a speech at a ceremony marking the change of the military’s Home Front Command chief, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi says it is a “moral obligation and a national security order” to prepare a military response against Iran’s nuclear program.

“Preparing the home front for war is a task that must be accelerated in the coming years, especially in light of the possibility that we will be required to act against the nuclear threat,” Kohavi says.

“The IDF continues to prepare vigorously for an attack on Iran and must prepare for every development and every scenario,” he says.

Kohavi says “preparing a military option against the Iranian nuclear program is a moral obligation and a national security order,” adding that such preparation is “at the center” of the IDF’s preparations, and includes “a variety of operational plans, the allocation of many resources, the acquisition of appropriate weapons, intelligence and training.”

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