Israel Defence Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said that the Israeli military was accelerating plans for a possible strike on Iran
In a press briefing, the Chief of Staff said, “The progress in the Iranian nuclear program has led the IDF to speed up its operational plans, and the defense budget that was recently approved is meant to address this”.
According to Kochavi, a dedicated team has been assembled to increase the military preparedness to strike Iranian nuclear facilities if the government orders such military action.
The IDF has significantly expanded on its intelligence-gathering capabilities and is developing military responses to Iran’s anti-aircraft systems.
During a briefing held on Wednesday with foreign envoys regarding the security situation in Israel, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said he does not rule out that Jerusalem would have to act alone in the future against the Islamic Republic to stop it from acquiring nuclear weapons.
“Iran is two months away from accumulating the material needed for a nuclear bomb,” he said. “We do not know whether the regime is ready to reach an [nuclear] agreement and return to the negotiating table, but the world must prepare ‘Plan B’ and halt its progress right now.
The briefing took place as Prime Minister Naftali Bennett began his first official visit to Washington.