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News and updates about Aviv Kochavi

Former Minister:

'Bennett wanted to kill Sinwar, Chief of Staff stopped it'

Former Minister Haim Ramon says after the deadly axe attack in Elad 2 years ago, then-PM Naftali Bennett wanted to assassinate Hamas leader responsible for October 7. but then-Chief of Staff Kochavi stopped it.

'Bennett wanted to kill Sinwar, Chief of Staff stopped it'

Ex-Chief of Staff admits:

'We did not see Hamas as an existential threat'

Aviv Kochavi admits IDF knew of Hamas's tunnels and number of rockets prior to October 7, but was more focused on confronting Iran and Hezbollah.

'We did not see Hamas as an existential threat'

Fmr. IDF Chief of Staff:

'Israel's shrinking, We're losing whole territories'

Former IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi criticized the evacuation of communities in northern and southern Israel during the war.

'Israel's shrinking, We're losing whole territories'

19 years later:

Reservist raises flag he lowered leaving Gush Katif

The IDF reservist who lowered the last Israeli flag of the IDF leaving Gaza raised the very same flag again today in Khan Younis.

Reservist raises flag he lowered leaving Gush Katif

Fmr. IDF Chief of Staff:

'I'm responsible for all actions during my term'

Former IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi took responsibility for actions and decisions made during his term. 'I ask myself to no end what we could have done differently.'

'I'm responsible for all actions during my term'

Bar-Ilan University

Former IDF chief Aviv Kochavi to receive honorary doctorate

Citing IDF's 'intensive operation activity' during his term, Bar-Ilan University to award Aviv Kochavi honorary doctorate.

Former IDF chief Aviv Kochavi to receive honorary doctorate

CENTCOM commander congratulates Kochavi

CENTCOM chief General Michael “Erik” Kurilla lauds Kochavi on successful four-year command and 40-year career of service to the IDF.

CENTCOM commander congratulates Kochavi

INN Exclusive:

Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff looks back on 40 years of service

One day before stepping down from his post, Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi looks back at his long service and discusses hot-button issues.

Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff looks back on 40 years of service

Natan Fitoussi:

IDF concludes investigation of friendly fire death

Committee investigating shooting of Natan Fitoussi submits conclusions, recommendations to avoid repeat of tragedy.

IDF concludes investigation of friendly fire death

IDF Chief of Staff:

Aviv Kochavi leaves post & a clear desk for his successor

Major General Herzi Halevi will replace Kochavi next Monday.

Aviv Kochavi leaves post & a clear desk for his successor

IDF Chief of Staff warns Netanyahu of risk of proposed changes

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi meets PM-designate Netanyahu to explain military's concerns over transfer of powers to ministers.

IDF Chief of Staff warns Netanyahu of risk of proposed changes

Lapid to IDF Chief of Staff:

'The citizens continue their daily lives thanks to the IDF'

PM Lapid meets Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and the IDF General Staff Forum.

'The citizens continue their daily lives thanks to the IDF'

IDF Chief of Staff:

Israel bombed weapons convoy on Syrian-Iraqi border

Israeli military chief confirms IDF bombed Iranian arms convoy on Iraq-Syrian border.

Israel bombed weapons convoy on Syrian-Iraqi border

Report:

IDF Chief of Staff says coalition deals 'break chain of command'

Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi reportedly vows to prevent Ben-Gvir, Smotrich, from involvement in appointment of generals.

IDF Chief of Staff says coalition deals 'break chain of command'

IDF Chief of Staff:

'Only the IDF's commanders will determine the army's values'

Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi rejects political interference in the wake of the recent incidents in Hebron.

'Only the IDF's commanders will determine the army's values'

Ben-Gvir slams Chief of Staff:

'It would be well if he did as he is asking'

MK Ben-Gvir says it would be well if IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi refrained from political statements - just as he demands of his soldiers.

'It would be well if he did as he is asking'

Chief of Staff:

'IDF's joint activity with US military to greatly increase'

LTG Aviv Kohavi concludes his final visit to Washington as IDF Chief of Staff.

'IDF's joint activity with US military to greatly increase'

Kochavi: US agrees we are at critical point on Iranian threat

IDF Chief of Staff holds professional meetings at White House and Pentagon, largely on US-Israeli efforts to combat Iranian threat.

Kochavi: US agrees we are at critical point on Iranian threat

IDF Chief of Staff meets US National Security Advisor

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan to Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi: Biden committed to ensuring Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon.

IDF Chief of Staff meets US National Security Advisor

IDF Chief of Staff receives US Legion of Merit

LTG Aviv Kohavi receives medal from US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley for deepening US-Israel partnership.

IDF Chief of Staff receives US Legion of Merit

IDF Chief of Staff meets Israeli Ambassador in Washington

Ambassador to the US Michael Herzog thanks Chief of Staff Kochavi for his years of service, contributions to US-Israeli alliance.

IDF Chief of Staff meets Israeli Ambassador in Washington

Chief of Staff condemns violence against soldier in Hebron

'Shameful and criminal' attack by Israeli civilian on Israeli soldier requires 'rapid lawful response,' IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi says.

Chief of Staff condemns violence against soldier in Hebron

Chief of Staff will visit US to discuss Iranian threat

IDF Chief of Staff to take off for official visit to the US, primarily to discuss Iranian threat.

Chief of Staff will visit US to discuss Iranian threat

Chief of Staff:

'Operation Break the Wave to continue' after deadly stabbing'

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi visits scene of stabbing attack near Ariel where 3 Israelis were murdered today.

'Operation Break the Wave to continue' after deadly stabbing'

'I see the spirit repeatedly and the spark in your eyes'

IDF awards Operational Service Award to various IDF units involved in counterterrorism activity.

'I see the spirit repeatedly and the spark in your eyes'

CoS responds to Smotrich:

'Rabin was assassinated because of wild incitement'

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi responds to Smotrich who said security services encouraged Rabin assassin Yigal Amir.

'Rabin was assassinated because of wild incitement'

IDF Chief of Staff salutes FIDF for 21 years of impact

Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, program graduates, join annual event for IDF vets receiving college scholarships.

IDF Chief of Staff salutes FIDF for 21 years of impact

IDF Chief of Staff:

'We operate professionally but are not free from mistakes'

IDF Chief of Staff speaks at ceremony in memory of fallen soldiers of the Kfir Brigade, comments on the fight against terror.

'We operate professionally but are not free from mistakes'

Chief of Staff to soldiers:

'Thanks to your efforts, terrorist attacks are being prevented'

IDF Chief of Staff visits scene of shooting attack in which IDF soldier Noa Lazar was murdered. Manhunt for terrorist continues.

'Thanks to your efforts, terrorist attacks are being prevented'

'Take care of them'

Chief of Staff approves targeted eliminations

Report: IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi approved the use of targeted killings of terrorists from the air "in certain cases".

Chief of Staff approves targeted eliminations

Chief of Staff:

'Reality requires Polish-Israeli military cooperation'

Concluding Poland visit, Chief of Staff Kochavi says 'Existing reality requires ever-increasing cooperation between our militaries.'

'Reality requires Polish-Israeli military cooperation'

Chief of Staff:

'Those who lie about Holocaust can't be allowed lethal weapons'

IDF Chief of Staff visits Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. 'Any person who lies about the Holocaust will continue to lie.'

'Those who lie about Holocaust can't be allowed lethal weapons'

Chief of Staff to take off for Poland, France

‏Aviv Kochavi, IDF Chief of the General Staff, announces 1st official visit to the Republic of Poland and the French Republic.

Chief of Staff to take off for Poland, France

Chief of Staff:

'Maj. Falah showed courage and paid for it with his life'

IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi conducts investigation into firefight in which Maj. Bar Falah was killed.

'Maj. Falah showed courage and paid for it with his life'

IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi:

'My father wasn't an observant man, but he feared G-d'

Kochavi also discussed changes that are being made in the army: 'The IDF is changing so it can adjust to the current and future battlefield'

'My father wasn't an observant man, but he feared G-d'

Chief of Staff: PA inability to govern leading to terrorism

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi says part of the reason for the increase in terror attacks is lack of governance in PA-controlled areas.

Chief of Staff: PA inability to govern leading to terrorism

Soldiers accused of violence relieved of positions

Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi blasts: 'Violent incident involving the soldiers is severe, repugnant and contradicts the values of the IDF.'

Soldiers accused of violence relieved of positions

Chief of Staff reveals:

Third country was attacked during Gaza operation

IDF carried out attack in third country parallel to wave of arrests in Samaria and operation in Gaza, Chief of Staff Kochavi reveals.

Third country was attacked during Gaza operation

Chief of Staff : Protecting soldiers part of protecting citizens

Mistaken identification blamed for incident in which a soldier was shot and killed by a fellow soldier last night.

Chief of Staff : Protecting soldiers part of protecting citizens

'We're aware of rock attacks'

Chief of Staff thanks Judea and Samaria residents

Aviv Kochavi to residents of Judea and Samaria: Thank you for your resilience, a rock can be just as deadly and murderous as a bullet.

Chief of Staff thanks Judea and Samaria residents

IDF Chief of Staff:

'We dealt a serious blow to the Islamic Jihad organization'

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi vists Tel Nof Airbase, meets units that operated in Operation Breaking Dawn.

'We dealt a serious blow to the Islamic Jihad organization'

IDF Chief of Staff orders increased readiness on Gaza border

Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi visits Gaza Division as Israel remains in state of readiness 3 days after arresting Islamic Jihad leader.

IDF Chief of Staff orders increased readiness on Gaza border

IDF Chief of Staff visits Morocco Jewish community

Aviv Kohavi toured the Jewish community in the Old City of Marrakesh during the second day of his official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco.

IDF Chief of Staff visits Morocco Jewish community

Historic visit:

IDF Chief of Staff meets top Moroccan security officials

IDF COS met with the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government, in charge of National Defense Administration of the Kingdom of Morocco

IDF Chief of Staff meets top Moroccan security officials

Historic visit: IDF Chief of Staff lands in Morocco

The Chief of the General Staff, LTG Aviv Kohavi, landed this evening (Monday) for his first official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco.

Historic visit: IDF Chief of Staff lands in Morocco

'IDF continues to prepare for strike against Iran'

MG Rafi Milo enters position as commanding officer of the IDF's Home Front Command, in handover ceremony attended by top officials.

'IDF continues to prepare for strike against Iran'

IDF Chief of Staff:

'Preparing military option against Iran is a moral obligation'

Aviv Kochavi says the IDF continues to prepare vigorously for an attack on Iran and must prepare for any development and any scenario.

'Preparing military option against Iran is a moral obligation'

The two candidates for position of IDF Chief-of-Staff

Attorney-General has given green light to make key army appointment during election period.

The two candidates for position of IDF Chief-of-Staff

US CENTCOM Commander visits Israel

IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi to make historic visit to Morocco this week.

US CENTCOM Commander visits Israel

Cleared for publication:

Chief of Staff to visit Morocco

IDF Chief of Staff will visit Morocco, marking the first time that an Israeli Chief of Staff has visited the country.

Chief of Staff to visit Morocco

Chief of Staff to visit Arab country next week

Kochavi will visit Arab country that no CoS has paid visit to in the past. The name of the country can't be published at this time.

Chief of Staff to visit Arab country next week

IDF forum sums up months of training and operations

Senior IDF officials held an operational meeting to discuss the lessons of the Chariots of Fire and Breaking the Wave operations.

IDF forum sums up months of training and operations

Greek Chief of Staff concludes 1st visit to Israel

General Konstantinos Floros visits Israel as guest of IDF Chief of Staff, attends meetings on shared threats facing Mediterranean nations.

Greek Chief of Staff concludes 1st visit to Israel

Female combat soldiers to be integrated into mechanized units

Following report of special taskforce, women to be integrated into several elite units.

Female combat soldiers to be integrated into mechanized units

Women in combat units:

Rabbis decry IDF decision, meeting with Chief of Staff on hold

Leading Religious-Zionist rabbis made repeated appeals to discuss issue with IDF top brass but were rebuffed until it was too late.

Rabbis decry IDF decision, meeting with Chief of Staff on hold

Religious Zionist rabbis unite against women in combat units

Rabbis from religious Zionist movement call on IDF Chief of Staff not to include women in infantry units.

Religious Zionist rabbis unite against women in combat units

Chief of Staff condemns incitement against Central Command chief

Posters accusing Central Command Commander Yehuda Fuchs of responsibility for weak response to stone attacks condemned.

Chief of Staff condemns incitement against Central Command chief

IDF Chief attends “Beyond the Horizon” exercise in Cyprus

Chief of Staff Gen. Aviv Kohavi, meets Chief of the Cypriot National Guard, discusses Israel and Cyprus' shared security challenges.

IDF Chief attends “Beyond the Horizon” exercise in Cyprus

US CENTCOM Commander completes visit with IDF

4-star general Michael Kurilla concludes his first official visit to Israel as a personal guest of Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi.

US CENTCOM Commander completes visit with IDF

Journalist's death:

Chief of Staff: Soldiers acted with professionalism, courage

IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi announces investigation of death of Al Jazeera journalist, stresses soldiers came under heavy fire.

Chief of Staff: Soldiers acted with professionalism, courage