- Israel is Preparing Militarily for Possible U.S.-Iran Escalation
Israel is preparing for its possible military involvement in any escalation in the Gulf confrontation between Iran and the United States. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz told an international security forum that “We must be prepared for this, and thus the State of Israel continues to devote itself to building up its military might for the event that it will have to respond to escalating scenarios.”
The unravelling of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal under U.S. diplomatic pressure, Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone and its alleged role in attacks on foreign oil tankers in the Gulf have driven up tensions and stirred war concerns.
Jerusalem has encouraged the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to press ahead with sanctions against its arch-foe, predicting that Tehran will eventually renegotiate a more limiting nuclear deal.
In his speech to the Herzliya Conference, Foreign Minister Katz cautioned that “It should be taken into account that mistaken calculations by the (Iranian) regime…are liable to bring about a shift from the ‘gray zone’ to the ‘red zone’ – that is, a military conflagration.”
Iran has repeatedly threatened to annihilate the Jewish State, and Israel has responded with warnings that it couldundertake preemptive military action to prevent the Islamic Republic from producing nuclear weapons. Just this past Monday a senior Iranian lawmaker, Chairman of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mojtaba Zolnour, was cited as claiming that Israel would be destroyed within “only half an hour” should the United States attack Iran.