BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – An Israeli cabinet member warned on Sunday that Iran may directly or indirectly attack Israel should the ongoing stand-off between the U.S. and the Persian Gulf nation escalate.
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday that “things are heating up” in the Persian Gulf after U.S. President Donald Trump increased its economic and military pressure on Iran.
“If there’s some sort of conflagration between Iran and the United States, between Iran and its neighbors, I’m not ruling out that they will activate Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad from Gaza, or even that they will try to fire missiles from Iran at the State of Israel,” Steinitz, a member of Netanyahu’s security cabinet, told Israel’s Ynet TV.
Trump, who recently urged Iran’s leadership to speak to him, demanded on Thursday that the Persian Gulf nation give up their nuclear program, adding that he has not ruled out a direct military confrontation.
The U.S. President has remained a staunch ally of Israel throughout his presidency, often taking different steps to strengthen ties between the two nation.
Israel views Iran as their biggest threat in the Middle East and has gone as far as attacking the latter’s forces and proxies inside of Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.