Head of Intelligence: "Iran and Hezbollah prolong Assad’s regime"

Maj. Gen. Aviv Kohavi spoke at the Intelligence Officers Course graduation, “the Middle East landscape changes and we must prepare for the developing threats”

Date: 11/01/2012, 6:40 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The 145th Intelligence Officers Course graduation ceremony was held today, Wednesday (January 11, 2012).

During the ceremony, the new intelligence officers received their ranks and Chief of Defense Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kohavi congratulated them, “You will not only determine the strength of the Intelligence Corps, but the quality of the intelligence provided to the IDF (Zahal) and the State of Israel.”

Maj. Gen. Kohavi said, “The radical axis operates to preserve its strength. As time passes, Iran and Hezbollah persist in their efforts to prolong Assad’s regime by providing him with the know-how, arms and additional means, lately doing so through active involvement.”

He continued to explain that, ” Simultaneously, the Middle East, with the highest global rate of arming, is a changing landscape as we have previously not known. Although the winds of change may bring with them hope and opportunity, in the short to medium term there are increasing risks. Learning from our experience, we must prepare for the developing threats.”