Preparations for possible action against Iran are being intensified, Chief of General Staff Aviv Kohavi said in an interview published on Monday, adding "a significant chunk of the boost to the defense budget, as was recently agreed, was intended for this purpose."
He also said efforts were underway throughout the Middle East to check Iran's allies.
The main objective is "minimizing Iranian presence in the Middle East with an emphasis on Syria … But these operations take place throughout the Middle East. They're also against Hamas, against Hezbollah", said Kohavi.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday Iran was ready to hold talks with world powers to revive the nuclear deal – but not under Western "pressure."
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