Israeli security officials fear that Iran could attack Israeli tourists visiting the United Arab Emirates in retaliation for the assassination of a man who is said to be the top military nuclear scientist in the Islamic Republic, who accuses Israel of Israel, according to a Sunday television report.
Several top Iranian officials have accused Israel of killing Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the alleged architect of Iran’s rogue nuclear weapons program, and vowed to avenge his death. Israel has not officially accepted responsibility for the assassination, although The New York Times said with reference to intelligence officials that Jerusalem was behind the intervention.
Iran’s outcry of retaliation has raised concerns among Israeli embassies and Jewish communities abroad and, among other things, has increased the likelihood of cross-border attacks by Iranian representatives in Lebanon and Syria on Israel.
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Defense officials are now also making sure that Israeli tourists to Dubai and Abu Dhabi could be the target of a terrorist attack in the Gulf state, a country easily accessible from Iran, Channel 12 said on Sunday night.
Security officials recently held a meeting on the security of Israeli visitors to the UAE and began working with their emirate counterparts to ensure the protection of Israeli tourists, the report said.
Following the September normalization agreement between the two countries, the UAE is expected to see an influx of Israeli tourists soon.
Since the establishment of ties allowing Israelis to visit the Gulf, the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Authority has stated that there is a “fundamental specific threat” in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. This is the third highest recommendation issued by the Authority after “very high specific threat” and “high specific threat”.
According to Sunday’s television report, Israel also assumes that Iran could intensify its cyber attacks on Israeli water and electricity facilities. Iran’s attempts to disrupt Israel’s main infrastructure have increased in recent months, according to the station so far unsuccessfully.
According to Saturday’s reports, Israel has also increased its vigilance at its embassies around the world after its assassinations. Jewish communities around the world are also taking precautionary measures, Channel 12 said.
Fakhrizadeh was killed in a bombing and shooting in front of Tehran on Friday.
Iran and Hezbollah have repeatedly targeted Israeli and Jews around the world – including two deadly bombings at the Israeli embassy and the main offices of the Jewish community in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994 – and Israeli and Jewish sites are considered the main targets of repression after alleged Israeli attacks.
Tehran also has forces surrounding Israel, including troops and representatives in neighboring Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Islamic Jihad – and to a lesser extent Hamas – in the Gaza Strip.
There has not been a word of the Israeli army yet to increase vigilance along the country’s borders.
An opinion published by an uncompromising Iranian daily on Sunday suggested that Iran attack the Israeli port city of Haifa. Although Kayhan has long argued for aggressive retaliation for operations targeting Iran, Sunday’s work went further, suggesting that any attack must be carried out in a way that destroys equipment and “also causes severe human losses.”
The agencies contributed to this report.