US reiterates support for Israel in the face of Iranian threats

Israel warns of "strong response" against Iranian territory in case of direct attack by Tehran 
El presidente estadounidense Joe Biden, izquierda, durante una reunión con el primer ministro israelí, Benjamin Netanyahu, derecha, para discutir la guerra entre Israel y Hamas, en Tel Aviv, Israel, el miércoles 18 de octubre de 2023 - REUTERS/MIRIAM AISTER
US President Joe Biden during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - REUTERS/MIRIAM AISTER

Fears are growing about a possible Iranian attack on Israel. An attack that, according to US intelligence, could occur in the coming days and would target military and government sites in Israel. According to Bloomberg, these attacks would be carried out with high-precision missiles and drones.

Amid these warnings from US intelligence and constant threats from Tehran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the country is prepared for "any scenario". 

"We are continuing our efforts to free our hostages, but we are also preparing for challenges in other areas," the Israeli leader said during a visit to an Israel Air Force (IAF) base. 

Among these preparations is a recent drill conducted by the IAF in cooperation with Cyprus and the United States. "As part of increased preparations for a possible Iranian response, which could also be followed by an Israeli response on Iranian soil, a joint exercise with the Cypriot army was carried out in recent days in Cypriot airspace, simulating an air operation exercise and an attack on a remote target," military correspondent Doron Kadosh reported. 

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant threatened a "strong response" should the Iranian regime launch an attack from its own territory. "Israel will strike back inside Iran," the Defence Minister stressed to troops deployed in the north. "We will know how to react quickly with offensive action against the territory that attacks us, no matter where it is," he added.  

Israel's Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, has expressed himself in a similar vein, asserting on social media that if Iran attacks from its territory, "Israel will react and attack Iran".  

These warnings follow a new threat by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who stressed that Israel "must be punished" for the recent attack on an Iranian consular building in Damascus in which two generals of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard were killed.  

Amid these threats, US President Joe Biden has reiterated Washington's commitment to Israeli security. "We will do everything we can to protect Israel's security," the president stressed. In this regard, the head of the US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Michael Kurilla, has landed in Israel to address Tehran's threats.