Interim Defense Minister Naftali Bennett thinks Iran can be deterred to completely forgo its ambitions in Syria, Israel Hayom reported on Friday morning.
“Now is the time to strike,” Bennet said in disclosed discussions with top Israeli security officials conducted in the last few days. The regime in Tehran is mainly occupied with domestic matters such as an economic crisis and widespread riots that have surged in the last few weeks, the minister argued, as cited by Israel Hayom.
Bennett’s hawkish stance comes in direct contrast to positions of the majority of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) seniors, including the Chief of the General Staff Aviv Kochavi and the head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, who believe that the Iranian aspirations in Syria can only be obstructed, not fully eradicated.
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