Iran’s entrenchment in Syria is slowing down as a result of ongoing Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) operations, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said on December 11.
These operations are a part of Israel’s “War-Between-Wars” campaign, which started in the mid-2000s and ramped up following the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011. The campaign is meant to prevent Iran and its allies from developing capabilities that will enable them to violate Israel’s balance of deterrence.
“The Iranian entrenchment in Syria is in a clear slowdown as a result of IDF activity, but we still have a long way to go to complete our goals in this arena,” Kochavi said, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The Israeli general went on to reveal that the IDF struck more than 500 targets in different areas over the last year. Tel Aviv claimed responsibility for several strikes on Syria.
“We operate in six areas intensively. There are arenas with activities on a daily basis and there are those with weekly or monthly activities,” said Kochavi.
An increase in the intensity of Israeli strikes on Syria was noticed in 2020. While Kochavi claims that Iranian forces are being pushed back, the situation in the war-torn country has not changed much from the previous years.
The IDF chief also revealed that Israel “carried out many offensive operations” in the cyber sphere, without providing further details on the matter.
“The Middle East is the most divided and violent region in the world,” Kochavi said, “Most of the countries surrounding Israel have areas without governance, and that challenges us to operate with ‘classic’ measures.”
Kochavi’s remarks indicate that Israel is still convinced that its military campaign will eventually force Iran out of Syria. Nevertheless, Tel Aviv’s military pressure appears to be brining Damascus and Tehran closer and closer.
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