Cooperation with US against Iran unprecedented: Israel army chief

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Kohavi’s remarks came the same day as Iran said it had foiled a sabotage attack on an atomic energy agency building…reports Asian Lite News

Visiting Israeli army chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi hailed “unprecedented” cooperation with the United States against Iran, according to media reports.

The army chief’s visit, which started on Sunday, was to discuss on cooperation in preventing Tehran from obtaining military nuclear capabilities.

Kohavi’s remarks came the same day as Iran said it had foiled a sabotage attack on an atomic energy agency building, as talks continue in Vienna between Tehran and world powers aimed at reviving their 2015 nuclear deal.

The visit comes after a shaky ceasefire ended an 11-day war that claimed the lives of 256 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 people in Israel.

During the visit Kohavi met Centcom commander General Frank McKenzie at the US military’s Central Command in Florida, where he discussed the Gaza war, the Syrian arena and coordination between the countries.

Kohavi also met US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and CIA head William Burns to discuss Iran.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had warned the Islamic Hamas movement that the Jewish state will not tolerate “any more violence” from the besieged Gaza Strip.

Speaking at a memorial ceremony to commemorate the fallen soldiers during Israel’s 2014 military campaign in Gaza, Bennett said on Sunday that his country “has lost its patience.”

He said that Hamas, which controls the besieged Palestinian enclav, will “have to get used to a different Israeli approach, one of initiative, decisiveness, and suspicion”.

“Our enemies must understand the rules: we will not tolerate violence, we will not tolerate sporadic fire and we will not tolerate renegades,” Bennett said.

His remarks came about a week after Bennett was sworn in as the country’s new Prime Minister and amid renewed tensions with Gaza.

Last week, Israel carried out two separate series of airstrikes targeting Hamas sites in Gaza after incendiary balloons were sent into southern Israel amid tensions in the annexed East Jerusalem.

On May 21, a shaky ceasefire ended an 11-day war that claimed the lives of 256 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 people in Israel.

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