IDF chief Kohavi to fly to Washington to discuss Iran, Gaza


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IDF chief Kohavi to fly to Washington to discuss Iran, Gaza
Kohavi postponed his trip due to the outbreak of violence last month in the West Bank and Gaza • will speak to the same officials as Gantz did two weeks ago
JUNE 15, 2021

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi will fly to Washington on Saturday evening, a month after he was set to go to discuss the Iranian threat and other regional challenges. During his trip, which will be his first as Israel’s top military officer, he is expected to meet with his American counterparts in an attempt to persuade them not to reenter the Iranian nuclear deal. Kohavi was initially set to meet with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, head of the US Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. and head of the US Special Operations Command Gen. Richard D. Clark. The chief of staff will also discuss the deteriorating situation in Lebanon, Iranian entrenchment in Syria and Operation Guardian of the Walls that led him to postpone his trip in May. It will be the first trip by an Israeli official with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leading the government; Kohavi will meet with him ahead of his trip.