Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US is aiming to “fix” the situation, with Iran apparently serving as “the major destabilising influence in the Middle East” amid the concentration of US military assets, including a carrier group, in the region.
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said he fears that israel cannot rule out attacks against itself if tensions between the US and Iran escalate into an armed conflict.
“Things are heating up, I would not rule anything out. Iran could fire missiles at Israel,” Steinitz said, speaking to Ynet on Sunday.
The minister, who serves as a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s security cabinet, added that he fears Iran may “activate” militant groups such as Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad in Gaza in a campaign against israel.
Tel Aviv, one of Washington’s key allies in the Middle East, has a long history of tensions with Iran, accusing it of using its anti-terrorism operations in Syria as a proxy for possible military attacks against Israel, and charging Tehran with providing anti-Israeli militants in Gaza and Lebanon with rockets and other military equipment. Iran has denied the claims.
Israel and the US have also repeatedly marked their concern over Iran’s large arsenal of conventional missiles, and accused the country of secretly harbouring ambitions to become a nuclear power. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has repeatedly