Binyamin Netanyahu met last night (Monday) with Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, for the first time since entering the Prime Minister's Office. The Chief of Staff presented to Prime Minister Netanyahu a multi-aspect intelligence review, as well as the operational issues at hand and force building processes.
The two discussed at length the multitude of security matters of the State of Israel, the efforts and directions of action for the future.
As I recall, Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi addressed Prime Minister Netanyahu last week and expressed his concerns about the expected moves in the military and security sector following the coalition agreements.
Among them, the handover of the civil administration to Smotrich (who will serve as an additional minister in the Ministry of Defense), and the revocation of the Chief of Staff's authority to appoint the chief military rabbi.
Netanyahu next to Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, photo: Amos Ben Gershom/Leam
The conversation between Kochavi and Netanyahu lasted many minutes and was not conducted in a good atmosphere.
The Chief of Staff expressed deep concern about the IDF's deployment.
Between the lines, Netanyahu conveyed to the outgoing Chief of Staff the message that not everything that was signed in the coalition agreements would be realized. The two agreed that the army would be able to hold staff work and present the consequences of any significant decision concerning it.
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