IDF chief Kohavi arrives in DC for meetings with US officials

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

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi speaks at a conference in Ganei Tikva, August 18, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi speaks at a conference in Ganei Tikva, August 18, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Israeli military chief Aviv Kohavi lands in the United States ahead of a five-day trip during which he will meet with American officials regarding the Iranian threat.

This is Kohavi’s final official trip as chief of staff, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Kohavi’s tenure is set to end on January 17.

Kohavi is slated to meet with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, CIA Director William Burns, US military chief Mark Milley, and US Central Command chief Michael Erik Kurilla, among other senior defense officials.

He will also meet with Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Herzog, according to the IDF.

“During the visit, they will discuss issues related to the security challenges in the region, primarily the Iranian threat, and issues related to strengthening cooperation between the armies,” the IDF says in a statement.

Kohavi is joined by his wife, Yael Kohavi, as well as Hidai Zilberman, defense attaché to Washington; Effie Defrin, the military’s international cooperation commander; a senior unnamed intelligence officer, and an officer from the IDF spokesperson’s unit.

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