Mossad Director Yossi Cohen has announced the dangers faced by Israel from Iran must remain a national priority. He made his comments during the first-ever Mossad citation ceremony during which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu bestowed a citation on the Mossad.

He added the Islamic State will also continue efforts to harm Israel and the nation must remain vigilant to the dangers posed by both.

Cohen spoke of the threats posed by Iran’s forces in Syria and Lebanon, and its ongoing connection with Hamas and Hizbullah.

He stated the Mossad is growing stronger and improving its capabilities, carrying out “hundreds and thousands of operations every year”, adding “some are in the heart of enemy countries”.