IDF says it’s on high alert for Iranian attack, as world warns Tehran of consequences

IDF says it’s on high alert for Iranian attack, as world warns Tehran of consequences

Tensions Surrounding Potential Iranian Attack on Israel

Tensions Surrounding Potential Iranian Attack on Israel

Tensions surrounding a potential Iranian attack on Israel appeared to reach new heights Thursday as the Israeli military said it was fully prepared for an incoming strike and as multiple international actors warned Tehran against a major assault on the Jewish state.

Israel is “on alert and highly prepared for various scenarios, and we are constantly assessing the situation,” IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, the United States said it had restricted its employees in Israel and their family members from personal travel outside the greater Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Beersheba areas amid Iran’s threats “out of an abundance of caution.”

Iran has threatened to attack Israel following an April 1 airstrike on an Iranian consulate building in the Syrian capital of Damascus, which killed several Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders, including two generals.

Apparently seeking to lower the flames, Iranian sources told Reuters Thursday that Tehran has signaled to Washington it will respond in a way that aims to avoid major escalation and it will not act hastily.

Both Tehran and Damascus have blamed Israel for the strike and vowed revenge, although Jerusalem has not commented on the matter.

Israeli and US officials across various agencies have been in contact over the last few days to prepare for an attack they believe is imminent, with Kurilla’s visit to the region the latest show of cooperation between the two countries in the face of Iranian threats.

In addition to the US, Israel’s other allies have also warned Iran against striking Israel, saying it could destabilize the region even further, after six months of war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Following Sunak’s comments, British Foreign Minister David Cameron said he had made clear to his Iranian counterpart Amir-Abdollahian that Iran should not draw the Middle East into a wider conflict, following threats made by Iran toward Israel.

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