UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel should not be drawn into the conflict between the US and Iran.
Local media reports that leading the security cabinet meeting, Netanyahu has said the killing of senior Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was carried out by the US, stressing that his country “was not involved”.
A US air strike Friday outside the Baghdad airport killed the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassem Soleimani and the deputy leader of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi group, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Netanyahu also called on his ministers to reiterate Israel’s support for the US right to defend itself during media reports.
During the meeting, senior Israeli intelligence officials assured the ministers that the likelihood of an Iranian retaliatory attack against Israel was low, as according to Channel 13, “Israel stayed some distance from the incident.”
Soleiman assassination marks a dramatic escalation in tensions between the US and Iran, which have often been exacerbated since President Donald Trump in 2018 chose to unilaterally withdraw the United States from the nuclear deal that world powers signed. with Tehran.
Iran has vowed to retaliate for Soleiman’s assassination and on Sunday announced it would suspend implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal. US President Trump has threatened to target cultural sites in Iran.
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