IDF paratroopers take part in Allied Spirit X.
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
The IDF has stepped up its preparedness in light of the increased tension in the Gulf, Channel 12 reported on Sunday.
Despite the the last minute decision, according to reports, by US President Donald Trump to cancel strikes on Iran and despite the seeming containment in the region, Israel is still concerned that Iran may attempt an attack on Israel, the report said.
According to the report, the army has undergone numerous changes and updates in order to prepare for an attack by Tehran or from one of its proxies in Gaza, Syria or Lebanon.
On Sunday, US National Security Advisor John Bolton met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that Iran should not mistake US “prudence and discretion for weakness.”
“No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East,” Bolton said about Iran. “Our military is rebuilt, new and ready to go – by far the best in the world.”
He stressed that Trump said that he said that he “stopped the strike from going forward at this time.”
Bolton said that the US sanctions on the Islamic Republic were biting and that new sanctions, in preparation for weeks, will be announced publicly on Monday.
Iran, he said in prepared comments, “can never have nuclear weapons – not against the United States and not against the world.”Herb Keinon contributed to this report.
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