MI Chief: Tel Aviv May Be Target in Next War Against Israel

Speaking during final appearance at weekly cabinet meeting, Amos Yadlin warns Israel not to be misled by relative calm in the Middle East.

Israel should not be misled by a recent lull in regional violence, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said Sunday, adding that Jerusalem's enemies were continually building up their military power.

Olivier Fitoussi

Giving farewell remarks during his final cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Yadlin said that "Israel's deterrence is very strong but the lull shouldn't mislead anyone, the opposite is true. Our enemies are strengthening and arming."

Yadlin also warned that a future potential war involving Israel could see fighting "on more than one front ," adding that "Tel Aviv could also become a front."

"There is a struggle against Israel's very existence, against which national awareness and intelligence must be readied," Yadlin said.

The MI chief, who will be replaced by Brigadier General Aviv Kochavi after concluding his five-year term, also spoke of Iran as the greatest threat facing Israel, "not only in the nuclear respect."

"Iran is sending its long arms to aid anyone who is working against Israel," Yadlin said.

His comment came after less than a week after warning Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Iran was busy setting up two new nuclear installations.

Yadlin also told members of that committee that Iran has sufficient enriched uranium to manufacture a single nuclear device and may soon have enough for making another bomb.