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Former Israeli official: We must prepare for possible escalation scenarios with Iran

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Former Israeli army chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot said on Wednesday that Washington’s assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani could lead to “escalation scenarios with Israel.”

This came during a speech made by “Eisenkot” at a conference of the “Institute for Policy Planning for the Jewish People” (based in Jerusalem), according to the Hebrew newspaper “Maariv”.

The former Israeli chief of staff (2015-2019) added, “The assassination of Soleimani was taken out of the equation by the chief engineer of Iran’s regional policy during the past two decades.”

Eisenkot added, “Although Israel is not responsible for his assassination (Soleimani), it must prepare for possible escalation scenarios.”

Earlier Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brandished a “crushing blow” if Iran proceeded to hit Israeli targets.

“Everyone who tries to attack us will suffer more than a landslide,” Netanyahu said in a speech during a press conference in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu was responding to Iranian threats to hit Israeli targets, in response to the assassination of the United States of America at dawn Friday, the commander of the “Quds Force” in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.

During his speech, “Eisenkot”, he refused to sign a joint defense treaty between the United States and Israel.

He explained that “Israel does not need such a defense alliance.”

He considered that such a move “could rob Israel of the freedom of behavior required to defend itself,” he said.

On September 14, US President Donald Trump announced, in a tweet on Twitter, that he discussed with Netanyahu, in a telephone call, the activation of a joint defense treaty between the two countries that would “cement the grand coalition between the two countries.”

The Israeli ambassador to Washington, Ron Dreamer, said at a conference in the same city last November 26 that the Israeli chief of staff, General Aviv Kochavi, and the head of the National Security Council, Meir Bin Shabat, supported signing the treaty.

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