IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said on Sunday evening that the IDF is continuing to prepare vigorously for an attack on Iran.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the change of the Home Front Command chief, Kochavi said that "preparing the home front for war is a task that must be accelerated in the coming years, especially in light of the possibility that we will be required to act against the nuclear threat. The IDF continues to prepare vigorously for an attack on Iran and must prepare for any development and any scenario."
"Preparing for a military option against the Iranian nuclear program is a moral obligation and the national security order," the Chief of Staff added. "Preparations for military action against the nuclear program are at the center of the preparations in the IDF and include a variety of operational plans, the allocation of many resources, the acquisition of appropriate weapons, intelligence and training."
Kochavi’s comments came after a top advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran is already capable of producing nuclear weapons.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, the advisor, Kamal Kharazi, said that Iran’s nuclear program is already capable of producing uranium at 90% enrichment.
“In a few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60% and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium,” Kharazi said. “Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb but there has been no decision by Iran to build it.”
He warned that Tehran would retaliate against any attack by Israel on its nuclear facilities, claiming that Iran has conducted “extensive maneuvers with the aim of striking Israel hard if our sensitive facilities are targeted.”