Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed yesterday that the former Israeli Chief of Staff, Gadi Eisenkot, met the commanders of several Arab armies during his term.
Netanyahu made the revelation during a ceremony to celebrate Eisenkot’s retirement and the inauguration of his successor, Aviv Kochavi. Addressing Eisenkot, Netanyahu said: “You were a reason bringing Arab countries to Israel through your meetings with the chiefs of staffs of their armies,” Quds Press reported.
Netanyahu added: “Thanks to your intelligence, technological and field abilities, we could consolidate our relations with the Arab world. There are prominent Islamic states getting close to us. These countries know that Israel is not an enemy, but a supporter.”
Netanyahu also asked Kochavi to maintain the Israeli army as the superpower in the region in order to win any war, saying: “Keeping our army strong increases chances of peace.”