Israeli troops are instructed to prepare for a possible US military strike against Iran before US President Donald Trump officially leaves office, Axios reported.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) senior officials told Axios that the Israeli government instructed them to prepare during this “very sensitive period” in the US.
Aside from the US striking Iran before Trump leaves office, the IDF is also preparing for a possible retaliatory attack from them.
Trump Considering an Attack Against Iran
Just last week, the New York Times reported that Trump raised the possibility of attacking Iran’s nuclear activities during a meeting with his national security team. The plan is to stop Tehran’s nuclear program, which has recently increased its uranium stockpile. Its uranium stockpile has now increased twelve times the allowed amount under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In 2018, the Trump administration withdrew from this deal made during Obama’s term.
However, other top officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, warned of the action’s risks. According to Axios, other top officials are worried it might escalate into a regional issue.
What Iran Says
Last week, Hossein Dehghan, an advisor to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sent a warning to the US.
Dehghan told the Associated Press that Iran doesn’t “welcome war” and “are not after starting a war.”
Also, Iran is not “after negotiations” just for the sake of negotiation, he added.
However, if the US attacks the Islamic Republic, it could set off a “full-fledged war” in the middle east.
Dehghan’s comment came after the New York Times report of Trump’s suggestion against his country.
Last Sunday, reports say that Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, held a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to discuss Iran issues. However, Saudi Arabia denies the talk happened.
Also, last week, Secretary of State, Pompeo, visited several Gulf states including Israel and discussed Iran.