The Israel Defense Forces have in current weeks been advised to get ready for the possibility that the U.S. will carry out a military strike versus Iran prior to President Trump leaves office, senior Israeli officials inform me.
Why it matters: The Israeli government instructed the IDF to undertake the preparations not since of any intelligence or evaluation that Trump will purchase such a strike, but because senior Israeli officials expect “an extremely delicate period” ahead of Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
- The IDF’s preparedness measures connect to possible Iranian retaliation against Israel directly or through Iranian proxies in Syria, Gaza and Lebanon, the Israeli authorities stated.
Flashback: Recently, the New York Times reported that Trump raised the possibility of attacking Iran’s uranium enrichment facility in Natanz in a conference with senior members of his national security group.
- Trump raised the idea after being briefed on an International Atomic Energy Agency report about Iran’s growing stockpiles of enriched