- Israel has deployed a submarine to signal its readiness to counter Iran.
- Iranian hackers recently hacked Israel’s Aerospace Industries systems.
- Tehran has been issuing threats against Israel.
IDF spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Hadi Zilberman has said that Israel is ready to counter any hostilities launched by Iran as the situation in the region becomes increasingly volatile. Zilberman spoke to the Elaph Saudi news website, which published the comments on Friday.
He highlighted the emerging threats while pointing out that Iranian aggressions are more likely to come from Iraq and Yemen in the near future.
While there are numerous groups allied to Iran in Lebanon and Syria, Iranian factions in the two other states are presently fielding more sophisticated military hardware, including remote-guided missiles. This signals greater Iranian involvement.
This, of course, is concerning to Israel, but the IDF spokesman stated that any acts of aggression against Israelis will be met with overwhelming force.
“We are hearing more and more threats against Israel coming from Iran. If Iran and its partners . . . attack the State of Israel, they will [pay] a heavy price . . . I am simplifying things and describing the situation to our enemies as it is. Our retaliation plans are prepared, and they have been practiced.”
Israel has been taking steps to reposition itself in preparation for potential attacks from Iran as the anniversary of Major General Qasem Soleimani’s assassination draws near. Iran blames Israel and the United States for his killing.
Earlier this week, the American submarine USS Georgia was spotted in the Persian Gulf. The move was viewed as part of a wider preparation against any Iranian retaliation. The above-water submarine deployed into the Suez Canal and then moved on to the Red Sea. Its presence is deemed to be a warning to Tehran.
The submarine is reportedly armed with a cache of Tomahawk cruise missiles. It also has the capacity to carry nuclear warheads.
Tehran has been rattled by a slew of high-profile slayings over the past few months. The recent assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a leading Iranian nuclear scientist, prompted the regime to pledge retaliation against Israel and the US, who it accuses of carrying out the scheme.
Speaking on the current situation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has underlined that Israel will not hesitate to hit back at any offensive attacks made by Iran. Speaking on Monday, the Prime Minister said Wednesday:
“We will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. We do not take lightly the threats made against us, nor do we shy away from them. Our policy is clear and consistent: whoever tries to harm us will suffer a crushing blow. In the face of danger, the air force is ready to act forcefully – at any range, in any arena and on any target.”
Iran has been ramping up threats against Israel lately and even launched cyber-attacks against Israeli companies. Last Sunday, an Iranian hacker group claimed to have infiltrated the Israeli Aerospace Industries’ systems.
The group codenamed Pay2Key announced the hack via Twitter.
“Knock Knock! Tonight is longer than longest night for Israel Aerospace Industries,” the hackers said.
ClearSky, an Israeli cybersecurity firm which had published a report on Pay2Key a few days earlier, said that the hack was most likely a part of the ongoing rift between Tehran and Jerusalem.
“We estimate that this campaign is part of the ongoing cyber confrontation between Israel and Iran, with the most recent wave of attacks causing significant damage to some of the affected companies,” ClearSky wrote.