Israeli Army Chief Unveils 5-year Plan to Address Military Threats

The plan, which covers 2020-2024, is subject to approval by the security cabinet and prime minister and could be curtailed due to budget constraints

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Israeli army Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi
Israeli army Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi Credit: Gil Eliahu

Israeli army Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi presented his multiyear plan for the Israeli army on Thursday, which is called "Tnufa" (momentum in Hebrew),  aimed at addressing the strategic reality and the evolving challenges that Israel is facing, with an emphasis on the threats posed by Iran.

This is the second time that Kochavi has presented a multiyear plan since he took office as  chief of staff in January 2019. The plan and still requires approval from both the security cabinet and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and includes a decision to establish a special unit headed by a major general to deal with Iran.

Kochavi's plan, which is slated to cover the period from 2020 to 2024, faces an uphill battle as current and future budget cuts threaten its scope. The centerpiece of the plan is designed to preserve the quality of Israeli army personnel, bolster intelligence capabilities and establish a digital communications network to allow various units to speak to each other.

The plan would also have the army increase precision ammunition stockpiles, create two more jet fighter squadrons and two more helicopter squadrons. Aerial defense would include more Iron Dome missile defense batteries. In addition, new ships would be purchased to achieve "maritime superiority."