The Israel Defense Forces have as of late been told to get ready for the likelihood that the U.S. will direct a military strike against Iran before President Trump leaves office.
The Israeli government trained the IDF to commence the preparation, not as a result of any intelligence or assessment that Trump will order such a strike, but since senior Israeli authorities expect “an extremely delicate period” in front of Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
The IDF’s vigilant measures relate to a possible Iranian counter against Israel directly or through Iranian intermediaries in Syria, Gaza, and Lebanon. Last week, the New York Times revealed that Trump raised the possibility of attacking Iran’s uranium enrichment facility in Natanz in a meeting with senior individuals from his national security team.
Trump raised the idea subsequent to being briefed on an International Atomic Energy Agency report about Iran’s developing stockpiles of advanced uranium, but officials — including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — cautioned about the dangers of territorial escalation, per the Times.
Trump appeared to be convinced that it would be too dangerous to even consider striking Iran directly, yet has idea about different alternatives.
Israeli minister of defense Benny Gantz talked twice over the most recent fourteen days with Christopher Miller, Trump’s acting defense secretary. They talked about Iran as well as Syria and defense collaboration.
Last Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Saudi Arabia with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. One of the fundamental issues discussed was Iran, Israeli authorities state.
Pompeo visited Israel and a few Gulf nations a week ago to discuss Iran. State Department authorities traveling with Pompeo told journalists “all options are on the table.”
While Pompeo was in the Gulf, U.S. Central Command reported that B-52 strategic bomber directed a “short-notice, long-range mission into the Middle East to discourage aggression and reassure U.S. allies and partners.” That was viewed as another signal to Iran.
Hossein Dehghan, an advisor to Iran’s leader and a potential competitor in Iran’s forthcoming official elections, revealed to AP a week ago that a U.S. military strike against Iran could set off a “full-fledged battle” in the Middle East.
Senior Israeli authorities reveal that they expect Israel will get notice ahead of any U.S. strike against Iran. In any case, they’re worried that won’t be adequate to completely get ready. In this manner the request to the IDF to begin making preliminary steps under the assumption that quite a situation is possible.