Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, 15 Iyar, summoned his Security Cabinet for an urgent session following the latest attack in Syria, which is attributed to Israel. As usual, there is silence in Israel regarding the major attack that reportedly hit a Syrian base that manned by Iranian forces.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has announced he is canceling a planned appearance in Knesset on Monday evening, and will instead address the nation at 8:00PM. It is reported that at least a portion of his address will be in English, to enable the international community to hear his message.
The Fars News Agency quoted Rezaei saying that Tehran will respond to the “slightest unwise news against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give Netanyahu any chance to flee”.
Rezaei also gave an interview to the Hizbullah-affiliated al-Manar TV, in which he also mentioned the United States, explaining “The US and Israeli leaders do not know Iran and do not understand the power of resistance, and therefore, they continuously face defeat”.
Veteran IDF correspondent Carmella Menashe commented on Kan-11 Monday evening that the latest attack is by far the largest and most comprehensive, signaling that the target was a serious one. Kan News quotes the New York Times explaining 200 surface-to-surface missiles were taken out in the latest attack, and commentators explain the attack might have been an effort to prevent an Iranian retaliatory attack against Israel.
That said, the fact that the Security Cabinet was summoned on Monday afternoon has many believing the situation is quite serious and that Israel does expect an Iranian retaliatory attack in some form. It appears that such an attack would likely be against a military and not a civilian target, according to some veteran military analysts, who think Tehran is more likely to target a Golan Heights base rather than Tel Aviv despite the threats made in the media.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)