'There’s Never Been Anything Like This': Israeli Military Chief's Iran Remarks Rattle Senior Officials

Israeli defense officials say upcoming election and new U.S. president make Kochavi’s comments on the 2015 nuclear deal and plans for military action ill-timed

Yaniv Kubovich
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Army Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi’s statement Tuesday that a return to the nuclear pact with Iran “or even a similar agreement with a number of improvements, is bad and wrong,” was a cause for embarrassment in the Israeli security establishment. Senior officials said Kochavi had been wrong to make the statement at such a sensitive time, with an election scheduled for March 23 and as the Biden administration was just entering the White House and had not yet held official meetings with Israel.

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