In an ‘increasingly Islamist’ region Israel may be headed for war, the IDF intelligence chief warns


The IDF’s Annual report says the Middle East ‘has been dealing with a series of crises — regional and internal — that increases the volatility of all players’

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Aviv Kochavi (then Commander of the Gaza Divis...

IDF Military Intelligence Director Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi

In an ever-more-volatile Middle East, the prospect of a military confrontation between Israel and its neighbors is fast becoming a tangible possibility, the IDF’s intelligence chief warned on Monday.“In the coming year, the State of Israel will come up against an unstable, increasingly Islamist region: a region that has been dealing with a series of crises — regional and internal — that increases the volatility of all of the players and that could lead, without prior warning, to conflagrations,” Military Intelligence Director Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said in his annual presentation to Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and the IDF top brass.

English: Rav Aluf Binyamin "Benny" G...

Lt.-Gen. Aluf Binyamin “Benny” Gantz, the 20th Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defence Forces

In introducing his department’s yearly intelligence report to the General Staff, Kochavi said: “This intelligence assessment is the fruit of a lengthy, thorough and comprehensive process of compilation, analysis and research, led by the research division and based on both the existing information-gathering capabilities of Military Intelligence and new capabilities developed in the past year.”

The report will be presented to the government after it is approved by the IDF General Staff.

Source: The Times of Israel

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