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Kohavi says joint activities with US in Middle East to be ‘significantly expanded’

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

IDF chief Aviv Kohavi speaks with US Navy officials at the US Navy Fleet Forces Command (USFF) headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, November 23, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF chief Aviv Kohavi speaks with US Navy officials at the US Navy Fleet Forces Command (USFF) headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, November 23, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli military chief Aviv Kohavi says joint activities with the US military in the Middle East will be “significantly expanded,” following a five-day trip to the US.

“In order to improve our capabilities toward the challenges in the region, joint activity with CENTCOM will be significantly expanded in the near future,” Kohavi says in remarks provided by the Israel Defense Forces after he returns from the US.

“At the same time, the IDF will continue to act at an accelerated rate against the entrenchment of the Iranian regime in the region,” he adds.

Kohavi held five days of meetings with senior American officials, focused on the Iranian threat.

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