SUBMIT PICTURE: Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz speaks at the 3rd East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF conference which is hosted by Egypt and unites Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and the Palestinians in Cairo, Egypt January 16, 2020.
An Israeli authorities on Sunday dismissed as “nonsense” an accusation by the Iranian foreign minister that Israel was attempting to fool the United States into waging war on Iran.
It was Israel that required to be on alert for possible Iranian strikes on the 1 year anniversary on Sunday of the assassination of Tehran’s leading general, Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz stated on Kan public radio.
Washington blames Iran- backed militia for routine rocket attacks on U.S. centers in Iraq, consisting of near the U.S. embassy. No understood Iran- backed groups have actually declared duty.
On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated on Twitter: “New intelligence from Iraq indicate that Israeli agent-provocateurs are plotting attacks against Americans — putting an outgoing (President Donald Trump in a bind with a fake casus belli.”
“Be careful of a trap, @realDonaldTrump. Any fireworks will backfire badly, particularly against your same BFFs,” Zarif composed, in what seemed a veiled danger versus Israel.
Steinitz stated the remarks revealed that Iran, after installing U.S. sanctions billed as suppressing its nuclear program and participation in local conflict-zones, was “under pressure – economic pressure, and pressure in terms of national security”.
“We hear this nonsense by Zarif, that Israel would set off terrorist attacks against the United States – this really is total nonsense,” Steinitz informed Kan public radio.
“But on the other hand it is a warning sign – a warning sign that Iran is taking aim at Israel, is looking for excuses to lash out at Israel, and therefore we need to have our finger on the pulse and be at the highest state of alert.”
The U.S. military flew 2 nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Middle East in a message of deterrence to Iran on Wednesday, however the bombers have actually given that left the area.
Interviewed individually on Kan, Israeli Culture Minister Chili Tropper, who like Steinitz beings in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet, verified media reports that Israel was on increased alert for the Soleimani anniversary.
Asked what possible Iranian reprisals Israel was preparing for, Tropper stated: “I cannot comment.”