IDF restructuring to face Iranian threat

The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF’s) General Staff will undergo significant structural changes external link this year as part of the new ‘Momentum’ multi-year program, the IDF Spokesperson Unit announced on February 18.

In a response to “the evolving threat from the Iranian arena” a new Iran and Strategy Directorate is being created that combines the existing Strategic and International Cooperation Divisions, the IDF said.

It will be headed by a major general and address “two key subjects: planning and incorporating the military strategy with regards to the Iranian arena”. The Strategic Division was previously part of the Planning Directorate (J5), while the International Cooperation Division has been independent since 2018.