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Mossad head says IDF chief ‘irresponsible’ for panning US Iran nuclear policy

Then-Mossad chief Yossi Cohen speaks at a Tel Aviv University cyber conference, on June 24, 2019. (Flash90/File)
Then-Mossad chief Yossi Cohen speaks at a Tel Aviv University cyber conference, on June 24, 2019. (Flash90/File)

The head of the Mossad spy agency has reportedly panned as “irresponsible” a controversial speech by IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi last week during which he disparaged the Biden administration’s policy on Iran’s nuclear program.

In private conversations, Mossad head Yossi Cohen reportedly said Kohavi had been too quick to come out publicly against the US government and should have waited to see how the new administration acts first. Cohen further said that Kohavi had acted of his own accord.

A defense source responds by telling Army Radio: “It is a shame that there is in the defense establishment someone who chooses to publicly defame the chief of staff.”

“The chief of staff made his position known to the Israeli public and is not required to update the head of the Mossad before he speaks,” the source says. “The Iranian issue doesn’t belong to Yossi Cohen and even if there are differences of opinion it is better that they stay behind closed doors.”

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