Israel warns Jews at risk of being attacked by Iran and ISIS on overseas trips

Earlier this year, the Mossad saved multiple Israelis in Turkey who were being hunted by Iranian terror cells.

 El Al Israel Airlines counters are seen at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel February 27, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)
El Al Israel Airlines counters are seen at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel February 27, 2020
(photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)

The Counter-Terror Division of the Prime Minister’s Office issued a travel warning on Monday for the upcoming holidays, telling Israelis to be wary of potential terror attacks by Iran or ISIS.

The division often warns of potential dangers from the Islamic Republic and jihadist groups, but this time it made specific mention of the attempt by Iran in June to murder Israelis visiting Turkey.

The Mossad intervened directly in that instance, and was said to have rescued some Israelis only minutes before they would have been shot dead by one of the multiple Iranian terror cells that were about to go into action.

According to the counter-terror division, “in recent years, the Iranians and their proxies have increased their activities overseas with the goal of acting against Israelis.”

"We estimate that in the near term, Iran will continue to act to advance attacks against Israeli targets throughout the world, both in the countries near Iran and even in Western countries like Europe."

Counter-Terror Division
ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi makes his first appearance in five years. (credit: screenshot)ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi makes his first appearance in five years. (credit: screenshot)

Besides Iran, the statement named ISIS, as well as other jihadist groups, as maintaining “high levels of motivation” to carry out terror attacks against traveling Israelis.

The division warned that these groups have their strongest capabilities in the Sinai Peninsula, the Middle East in general, Africa and Asia, with a lower-level presence in other parts of the world.

More specifically, the division noted that top leaders of these terror groups have pushed for their followers to go after Israelis and Jews as prime targets.