TEL AVIV, Israel – The proposal by Israeli military commander Aviv Kochavi to overthrow the Assad government would have been rejected by the Israeli government, which chose to focus on combating Tehran’s consolidation in the country and the transfer of advanced weapons to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah resistance group.
Major-General Aviv Kochavi, the next chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, has planned to kill Syrian President Bashar Assad for his support of Hezbollah, according to the Saudi newspaper Elaph and the Jerusalem Post.
Citing an anonymous Israeli official, Elaph wrote that when he was head of the military intelligence of the Israeli Defense Forces, Kovachi was manifested by the overthrow of Assad, even through an assassination.
While Kochavi has recommended destroying the Assad government that he believes could bring calamities to Israel on the part of Iran and Hezbollah, Israeli intelligence chief Mossad Yossi Cohen “wanted an address in Syria,” that is, someone with whom he could communicate in case of need, according to the official quoted.
But Israel has decided to focus on preventing Tehran’s consolidation in the country by targeting Iranian and Hezbollah assets while “making sure it causes minimal damage to the Damascus regime,” he said.
Israel has carried out air strikes against Syrian territory, claiming to have attacked Iranian military targets and means of transport with weapons. Tel Aviv insists that Tehran transfers weapons to Hezbollah, which then uses them against Israel through the Arab Republic.
Iran, in turn, denied maintaining any military presence in Syria, besides its military advisers, requisitioned by Damascus. Tehran, as well as the Syrian government, have repeatedly denounced Israeli air strikes.
Tensions between Tel Aviv and the Lebanese Hezbollah Shiite movement rose on December 4 after Israeli troops launched Operation Shield of the North to destroy Hezbollah tunnels used by Israelis to channel militants and weapons across the border between Israel and Lebanon.
Israel considers Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon and Syria as a threat to its national security, as the movement is supported by Iran, which is Israel’s main rival in the region and is one of the few legitimate threats to the Zionist entity.