The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were ordered to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. will carry out a military strike on Iran before President Donald Trump leaves office next January, AXIOS reported on November 25.
According to AXIOS, there is no intelligence or assessment that Trump will order a strike on Iran. The order was given because senior Israeli officials believe that the transitional period in Washington will be “very sensitive.”
“The IDF’s preparedness measures relate to possible Iranian retaliation against Israel directly or through Iranian proxies in Syria, Gaza and Lebanon,” AXIOS quoted Israeli officials as saying.
A recent report by the New York Times revealed that President Trump raised the possibility of attacking Iran’s uranium enrichment facility in Natanz in a recent meeting with members of his national security team.
Top U.S. officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, had reportedly advised Trump against such move.
The New York Times said Trump was convinced that a strike on Iran will be “too risky.” However, he is considering other options.
Earlier this year, Trump ordered the assassination of Iran’s Quds Force commander, Qassim Soleimani. The assassination demonstrated Trump’s willingness to use force against Iran. However, an Iranian response with a missile strike on U.S. base in northern Iraq proved that Tehran will not hesitate to strike back.
An unprovoked U.S. military strike on Iran will lead to a dangerous confrontation in the Persian Gulf. U.S. troops and its regional allies, including Israel, will likely be targeted by Iran. Tehran and its allies are already on high-alert, according to the Associated Press.
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