JERUSALEM – Israel has gone on high alert for likely attacks with Syria on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the disastrous 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
Israel has instructed local authorities in the Israeli-held Golan Heights to “unlock and ready (bomb) shelter” after identifying what the military described on Tuesday as “irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria,” CNBC reports.
Israeli media said the order to prepare bomb shelters was unprecedented during Syria’s seven-year-old civil war, in which Israel is formally neutral, though it has carried out cross-border strikes at suspected deployments by Iranian forces supporting Damascus and arms transfers to Hezbollah guerrillas.
Israel has posted Iron Dome short-range air defenses on the Golan, local media said, suggesting that the anticipated attack could be by ground-to-ground rockets or mortars, Reuters reports.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a televised address lauding Trump’s Iran policy and alluding to the tensions over Syria.
“For months now, Iran has been transferring lethal weaponry to its forces in Syria, with the purpose of striking at Israel,” Netanyahu said. “We will respond mightily to any attack on our territory.”
This is a developing story.