Minister warns serious risks to Israel in case of tensions between Iran and US

Israel’s energy minister has warned of serious risks to Israel’s security in case tensions between Iran and the United States increase.

The US has recently deployed an aircraft carrier and bombers in the Persian Gulf, with the administration of President Donald Trump’s trying to increase economic pressure on Tehran.

“Things are heating up,” in the Persian Gulf, Yuval Steinitz, a confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told the Ynet news site on Sunday.

“I wouldn’t rule anything out. Iran may fire rockets at Israel,” he said.

Steinitz also claimed that if the standoff between Tehran and Washington escalates, Iran’s allies such as Hezbollah resistance movement in Lebanon and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement in the Gaza Strip may attack Israel with their rockets.

The US Air Force acknowledged Friday that B-52 bombers ordered by the White House to be deployed to the Persian Gulf to counter unspecified threats from Iran had arrived at a major American air base in Qatar.

On Sunday, the White House said it would send the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and the bombers into the Persian Gulf to counter Tehran.

Israeli leaders and pro-Israeli groups in the US are believed to be the driving force behind President Donald Trump’s extremely hostile policies toward Iran.



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