As tensions continue to escalate between the Trump administration and the rogue regime of Iran, a report has emerged on Israeli TV that Israel has informed the United States that Tehran is considering making Saudi Arabian oil production facilities a target of an attack. The Friday night report on Channel 13 in Israel indicated that the warning of a possible attack emanated from intelligence information that was gathered by the country’s spy agencies and was communicated to Washington, according to an i24 News report.
Edited by: JV Staff
A Times of Israel reported that The Israeli intelligence data was conveyed by an Israeli delegation led by National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat, which met with American intelligence officials at the White House late last month, the TV report said.
The report comes shortly after Reuters reported that the US will deploy new Patriot missiles to the Middle East in light of a growing threat from Iran.
According to the Times of Israel article, the Channel 13 report said the Iranians were “considering various aggressive acts” against American or American-allied targets. Tehran had looked at targeting American bases in the Gulf, but that had been deemed too drastic. The main target they were interested in was “Saudi oil production facilities,” the TV report said. Such a strike would also send world oil prices soaring and enable Iran to get more income from its oil sales, the report added.
“It is still unclear to us what the Iranians are trying to do and how they are planning to do it, but it is clear to us that the Iranian temperature is on the rise as a result of the growing US pressure campaign against them, and they are considering retaliating against US interests in the Gulf,” an official was quoted as saying.
Tensions between US and Iran rose further on Wednesday after Iran threatened to step up its uranium enrichment if the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal did not uphold their part of the agreement from 2015, according to an i24 News report. Washington responded by imposing fresh sanctions on Iran’s steel and coal industry.
TOI reported that Channel 13 also quoted unnamed Arab intelligence sources saying there was a debate raging in the Iranian leadership about striking US and US-allied targets, with some in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps pushing for attacks, including against Israeli targets, while others cautioned that it would be “suicidal” to get into serious military conflict with the US.
The Channel 13 report came four days after the same TV channel first reported that the Israeli Mossad had tipped off the White House two weeks ago about an Iranian plan to attack either a US or US-allied target. That earlier report did not specify potential targets for such an ostensible attack.
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