Aviv Kochavi assumes command of IDF. PM: Iran is paramount foe

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu outlined their shared 2030 vision when he welcomed Aviv Kochavi as the 22nd Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff at a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at IDF HQ in Tel Aviv. Pointing to Iran as Israel’s paramount foe, he termed its failed attempt to put a satellite into orbit that morning as part of Tehran’s nuclear-capable ICBM program and therefore an “act of aggression.” He went on to say: “Israel’s economic achievements are impressive, but the time has come for major investment in developing the means for defending those achievements and assets. All parts of the country must be made safe and all the borders fortified,” he stressed. The prime minister added that Israel will continue to invest in innovative cyber war, robotics and artificial intelligence, “but victory in war ultimately depends on the resolve and patriotism of the human fighter.”

He went on to say in answer to critics: “Superfluous wars must be avoided, but if an all-out war becomes necessary, we will fight to win.”

DEBKAfile: When Netanyahu, who also serves as defense minister, spoke of the need to defend Israel’s economic assets, he most certainly had in mind the preparations Hizballah is making to attack Israel’s economic infrastructure, especially its off-shore gas rigs. This is one of the main challenges facing the new chief of staff.
Netanyahu advised the Iranians to make haste and leave Syria before the IDF drives them out, spelling out another of Lt. Gen. Kochavi’s toughest missions. Thus far, despite hundreds of Israeli air strikes, Iran’s military resources in Syria are still firmly in place.

The prime minister in his address reiterated the need for victory and the IDF fighting to win. He was clearly trying to debunk the pervasive military doctrine which asserts that there are no victories in modern warfare. Given the formidable missions ahead of him, the new chief of staff will need to instill the opposite mindset in the IDF’s high command.

He comes from the right background.
Kochavi joined up as a former paratrooper, who achieved command of the Paratrooper Brigade after leading the prestigious 101st Battalion. His career included heading the Military Intelligence Directorate (AMAN), OC Northern Command, and finally, deputy chief of staff. Kochavi has a bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master’s from Harvard University. The newly-promoted, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, 55, proceeded to Jerusalem after the ceremony in Tel Aviv. There, he paid his respects at the national monuments of the Western Wall and Mt. Herzl.

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5 thoughts on “Aviv Kochavi assumes command of IDF. PM: Iran is paramount foe

  • Jan 15, 2019 @ 14:18 at 14:18

    Sorry, but the Iranian launch was very successful!
    Only, the flying had speedy problems.
    This makes me feeling very mossad for the mullahs.

  • Jan 15, 2019 @ 14:51 at 14:51

    To kill a snake it is best to cut off it’s head.

  • Jan 15, 2019 @ 15:49 at 15:49

    Don’t be fooled that satellite did not go into orbit. The Iranians were testing the ICBM part. I doubt if there was a satellite in the exercise.

  • Jan 15, 2019 @ 16:28 at 16:28

    The little star is no joshua. Kosiba can’t save. A lesson from Amos would seem apropos.

    In the chant of Balaam at Numbers, 24:20, Amalek was called the ‘first of the nations’.

    When he saw Amalek, he took up his parable and said, “Amalek was the first of the nations, and his fate shall be everlasting destruction.”

    When haShem will take the kingdom from Amalek He will make the land desolate.

    1. The Lord has reigned, the earth will exult; many islands will rejoice.
    The Lord has reigned: when He takes the kingdom from Amalek and from his descendants.

    the earth will exult: This is what Ezekiel said (35:14): “When the whole earth rejoices, I shall make you desolate.” He prophesied this concerning Amalek.

    Amos – Chapter 6

    1. Woe to those who are at ease in Sion and to those who are secure in the mountain of Samaria, those called the first of the nations, and the house of Israel has come to them.

  • Jan 17, 2019 @ 1:02 at 1:02

    The seed of David has been king of kings for the last 100 generations, 2,000 yrs.

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