The Israeli military is preparing for a possible Trump administration military strike against Iran. Axios reported Wednesday.
Senior Israeli officials told the outlet that the Israeli government had instructed military chiefs to prepare for a possible strike “during a very sensitive period” between and during the presidential election. Joe BidenJoe Biden testifies to Minnesota Biden victory Trump tells allies he intends to pardon Michael Flynn: Report Biden speaks to staff Fucci: ‘He was very helpful’ More It will be inaugurated on January 20.
It is reported that Israel is preparing in the hope of receiving advance notice from the US of any military action, but is concerned that such an announcement could come too close to an attack.
Israel is preparing for the possibility of retaliating against Iran, either directly or through proxies in nearby countries.
The New York Times reported last week President TrumpDonald John Trump testifies to Minnesota Biden victory Trump tells allies he intends to forgive Michael Flynn: Report Republican John James admits to running for Michigan Senate The military strike against Iran was being considered in an effort to thwart Tehran’s growing nuclear program. The day before, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that the Obama administration’s nuclear deal, which the Trump administration withdrew in 2018, was 12 times more than the uranium stockpile allowed in the country.
Trump reportedly held a meeting Thursday in the Oval Office to discuss his options, but Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard Pompeo Biden’s State Department Elections Diplomatic Slam Dunk Kissinger tells Biden to move China forward as Saudi-Israeli diplomacy progresses., Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, Gen.. Mark MillieMark Mille Top Pentagon Official Experiments Kovid-19 Khamenei Adviser Says US Can Start ‘Full War’ Biden faces obstacles on its way to rejoining the Iran deal.The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discouraged him from taking such action.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gants has spoken to Miller twice in the past two weeks to discuss Iran, Syria and defense cooperation.
Prime Minister of Israel on Sunday Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (BB) Netanyahumore Met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia. Israeli officials told Axios that Iran was the main topic of conversation.
State Department officials, meanwhile, told reporters that “all options are on the list” in relation to Iran.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have been high since January, when Trump ordered a drone strike in Baghdad. General Kasem Solimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds force, has been assassinated.
Frank McKenzie, head of the U.S. Central Command, said last week that Iran was continuing its destabilizing process and that it had “increased in size and intensity” since 2019.
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