Kohavi: Israel’s national security in a better place than in the past

IDF Chief of Staff Kohavi says Israel is in a better place in terms of its national security than in the past, though the threats against the Jewish state are getting more complicated and difficult.

“As much as we can say, the State of Israel’s strategic situation is on a trend of improvement,” Kohavi says.

“I would say that our deterrence toward the countries we are operating against has gotten stronger. Deterrence is not a binary situation. Deterrence can be cracked by different events, but in general, none of them want to initiate anything against us. All of their actions — almost without exception — are retaliatory to our actions, not actions that they’ve initiated,” he says.

Illustrative: F-16 fighter jets from the Israeli Air Force’s 117th Squadron, which was closed on September 30, 2020, fly during an exercise in an undated photograph. (Israel Defense Forces)
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