Tel Aviv, Nov 25: The Israeli government believes that there is a possibility that US President Donald Trump may order an attack on Iran in his final weeks in office and has instructed its military in recent weeks to prepare for any such eventuality, Axios news website reported on Wednesday, citing senior Israeli officials.
The report said that the Israeli government has instructed the Israeli Defense Forces to begin preparations for what they anticipate will be a “very sensitive period ahead of projected President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. However, the report further said that these orders were not based on any intelligence assessment that Trump will order such an attack.
The Israeli preparedness relates to possible Iranian retaliation against Israel, whether directly or through its proxies in Syria, Gaza and Lebanon, Axios quoted Israeli officials as saying.
Last week, the New York Times reported that Trump asked about “available options” against an enrichment facility in Natanz to permanently derail Iran’s nuclear project, but was dissuaded by his advisers, who warned the strike may escalate into a bigger war.