The IDF chief has warned that a strike against Iran’s nuclear activities is possible as the military steps up preparations.
The IDF has stepped up preparations for a possible attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, IDF chief Aviv Kochavi said on Tuesday.
Kochavi stressed that the Israeli army “is accelerating its operational planning and its preparation to face Iran and the military nuclear threat,” according to Israeli media.
He made his comments during a session of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Security Committee devoted to reviewing the military situation in the region.
Israel is firmly opposed to Iran’s nuclear program and claims that Tehran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran denies the allegations.
Talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers are expected to resume on November 29 in Vienna. Negotiations have stalled since June.
The now defunct deal granted Iran sanctions relief in exchange for limits and oversight of its nuclear program.
The IDF “is in the process of changing and adapting entire units to the current and future needs of the current and future battlefield,” Kochavi said, adding that a recently approved budget helps address such threats. .
He warned that Israel was ready to respond to any threat, whether it came from Gaza – which it bombed for 11 days in May, killing more than 250 people – or from its northern borders.
Israeli security officials claimed last month that Iran was trying to boost its anti-aircraft capabilities in parts of Lebanon, Iraq and Syria, which Israel allegedly bombed.
Iran supports Hezbollah’s Shiite paramilitary movement in Lebanon, which Israel says is one of the biggest threats to its existence. Iran also supports other militias, mainly in Iraq and Syria.