The Israeli National Security Council is Israel’s main body for the monitoring and analysis of national security. The council operates according to instructions from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In a statement issued Thursday, the National Security Council warned that there may be an increase in the threat of terrorism against Israelis abroad, namely Israelis living in areas near Iran, such as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the Kurdish region of Iraq, as well as the Middle East and the African continent more broadly.
israel has repeatedly accused Iran, Hezbollah – a Shia Islamist political party and militant group based in Lebanon which opposes israel and Western powers influencing the Middle East – and other pro-Iranian groups of being involved in terrorist activities. Israel has blamed Hezbollah for attacks on Jewish people and Israeli targets abroad, such as the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in London in 1994 and the car-bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina, also in 1994. Hezbollah has also blamed Israel for attacks, most recently for the killing of one of its members in a suspected Israeli airstrike in Syria in July, Al-Jazeera reported at the time.
The statement also warns that global jihadist organizations, especially those involved with Daesh*, are “highly motivated to carry out attacks” against Israelis and Jewish people, stating that locations identified with Israeli or Jewish communities,…