BY GIL COHEN, HAARETZ—
Iran and Hezbollah are strengthening their efforts to ensure the survival of the Bashar Assad regime in Syria, Military Intelligence Chief Major General Aviv Kochavi said on Wednesday.
“They are providing with knowledge, weapons and other means and recently with active involvement,” Kochavi said.
Kochavi also said that the face of the Middle East is changing in such a way that it is no longer recognizable.
“It may be that the winds of change carry opportunities and promise, but in the short and medium term the risks are increasing,” he stated.
On Tuesday, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said that the turmoil in Syria could cause Assad to seek military confrontation with Israel.
“Assad cannot continue holding on to power and his downfall is expected to cause a crack in the radical axis,” Gantz said.
“Assad and the Syrian regime may have a hard time acting against us in the short-term, but we also need to take into account that Syria has advanced weapons systems. They have advanced Russian arms such as Yakhont missiles.”
The IDF chief said that he was not sure whether the Golan Heights, on the border with Syria, will remain quiet in the near future.