Israel braces for possible retaliation from Iran and proxies after elimination of arch-terrorist Soleimani
PM Netanyahu has decided to cut short his trip to Greece and return to Israel following the elimination of arch-terrorist Qaseem Soleimani in a US strike in Iraq.
The Mount Hermon ski resort in the Golan is closed to skiing and checkpoints were set up in northern Israel, as the country braces for possible retaliation from Iranian-backed terror groups in Lebanon and Syria.
Internet, landline and mobile phone systems in the Golan are reportedly experiencing outages. There seems to be a connection between the outages and security preparations along the border with Lebanon.
There are no additional directives for residents of the Golan.
In addition, Israel has raised its security alert levels at its missions abroad.
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett is convening an assessment of the situation at the Kirya base in Tel Aviv with the participation of the Chief of Staff after Iran vowed “crushing revenge” for the elimination.
Netanyahu has instructed members of the security cabinet not to speak publicly about the events.
An Islamic Jihad terrorist in Gaza said: “The U.S. administration and President Trump prove to be working for Israel. They live in the illusion that this assassination and the removal of Soleimani are creating an opportunity for strategic change for the benefit of the U.S., Israel, and their allies in the region, but this will be an opportunity to change the trend and actions against the U.S. and Israeli intervention and expansion in the Middle East.”
A PFLP terror group terrorist said: “Soleimani is a popular commander who did not abandon the territory and supported the resistance movements in Palestine, Lebanon and Yemen.” Adding that “the U.S. opened the gates of hell with his assassination.”
Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s extra-territorial terror group Quds Force chief, was eliminated in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport. The White House said President Trump ordered the strike in the early hours of Friday.
Muslim terrorist Qassem Soleimani was targeted while being driven from Baghdad airport by local Iran-backed terrorists from the PMU terror group.
The deputy head of the PMU, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, a close Soleimani associate, was also eliminated in the strike.