Senior military figures in the Israeli regime have described recent remarks against Iran by that regime’s chief of staff, Aviv Kochavi, as “empty” and “inappropriate.”
In his remarks Tuesday, Kochavi said that in light of the new U.S. administration’s efforts to reverse Trump’s Iran policy, the Israeli military is revising its attack plans against Iran.
He warned the Biden administration against rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which was terminated by the Trump administration in May 2018, saying such a move would be “bad and not the right thing to do.”
“I have instructed the army to prepare a number of deployment plans in addition to the existing plans,” Kochavi had said. “We are taking care of these plans and will develop them in the coming year,” he added. Those who decide to implement them are, of course, the political leaders. But these plans must be on the table,” the Israeli general said.
Kochavi’s remarks drew sharp criticism – even among critics of the nuclear agreement, which was reached during former President Barack Obama’s tenure.
Amos Gilad, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, said the threat of military action against Iran is empty and such an attack would never happen without U.S. support.
“You think you would carry out an attack without strategic cooperation with the United States? That will never happen,” Gilad said Wednesday in an interview on radio station 103FM. “Understand that these are all just words.”
He warned that harsh statements contradicting the new U.S. administration’s position “could be seen as defiance” by the White House, adding, “That’s not how you conduct policy.”
In his remarks Tuesday, Kochavi also claimed that Iran would one day use a nuclear weapon against Israel.
Chuck Freilich, a former deputy national security adviser to the Israeli regime, criticized the claim as “fear-mongering” and “unnecessary.”
“I don’t know any serious person who believes they will use [nuclear weapons]. Maybe they exist, but I don’t know them. But I think it’s fear-mongering, just unnecessary and unreasonable,” Freilich told the Times of Israel on Thursday.
Freilich also speculated that Kochavi’s remarks were aimed at increasing the defense budget in order to modernize the military.
“He wouldn’t be the first chief of staff to make various threats to prime the budget pump,” he said, adding that Kochavi “could have said, ‘Iran is a nuclear threat, and we’re not convinced the deal will prevent that.’ He could have found another way to express it.”
The hostile remarks were also bitterly denounced by senior Iranian officials and commanders.
In a tweet, Hossein Dehqan, a military adviser to the head of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei, said the Israelis would not even dare fire a bullet at Iran, warning the Tel Aviv regime that Iran’s “doctrine is defensive but based on severe punishment of the aggressors. Do not rush for your destruction!”
Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Abolfazl Shekarchi also said the remarks were “nothing more than hallucinations.” According to Shekarchi, Israel would hasten its destruction if it took a “stupid step” against the Islamic Republic.
The Iranian president’s chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, further stressed, “Our people and the people in the region are familiar with the rhetoric of those in charge of the Zionist regime. They talk more [than act] and mostly pursue psychological warfare.”
Separately, Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said Israel’s threats are a cover-up for its own nuclear arsenal and the fact that it poses a threat to regional stability.
“Israel continues its lies and deceptions, using a series of fabricated and false information to portray Iran’s nuclear program as dangerous,” Takht-Ravanchi said, warning of a “tough response” to any threats.
by Basit Abbasi – CCTV