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Israeli intelligence chief says threats remain

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Threats against Israel remain, even if its neighbors show little interest in war, the country's military intelligence chief said Wednesday in Tel Aviv.

Speaking at the annual conference of Israel's Institute for National Security Studies, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi noted 170,000 rockets and missiles currently surround Israel from all sides.

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"For the first time the enemy now has the ability to hit Israeli cities hard," he said, although he added neighboring countries "are busy with themselves. They have less funds to start a war. There is no question there is a decrease in threats, but they have not given up."

Kochavi cautioned the threat of cyberwarfare is growing significantly, and many attacks on the country's cyber-security establishment have occurred, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

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