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IDF chief says Israeli, US militaries need to accelerate joint plans to counter Iran

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

File: IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi (L) and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan meet in Washington on June 23, 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)
File: IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi (L) and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan meet in Washington on June 23, 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)

Following a meeting yesterday with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Israeli military chief Aviv Kohavi says Israel and the US need to accelerate joint plans for offensive actions against Iran.

“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 says in remarks provided by the Israel Defense Forces.

In light of growing uncertainty regarding a return by Iran to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers amid long-stalled negotiations, the past two years have seen the IDF ramp up its efforts to prepare a credible military threat against Tehran’s nuclear sites.

Israel has long pushed the US to ready a credible military option, and US President Joe Biden said in July that he would be prepared to use force if necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Israeli officials have also warned of Iran’s proxies across the region, from Hezbollah in Lebanon to the Houthis in Yemen.

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