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An Iranian attack is not a matter of if, but when

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The geopolitical landscape is on edge as the United States and Israel prepare for what is believed to be an imminent threat from Iran.

Efforts to de-escalate the situation have seen Saudi, Emirati, Qatari, and Iraqi foreign ministers engaging in talks with their Iranian counterpart © Mena Today 

The geopolitical landscape is on edge as the United States and Israel prepare for what is believed to be an imminent threat from Iran.

President Joe Biden's recent comments have underscored a growing concern that Iran is poised to launch a significant attack against Israel.

This apprehension was magnified following the death of three sons of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and a stern warning from Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promising retribution against Israel for an alleged attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1st.

Intelligence sources close to the United States, as reported by Bloomberg, suggest that an Iranian attack is not a matter of if, but when. Adding to the tensions, a report by an Iranian news agency, which was later retracted, claimed that Tehran's airspace was closed for military exercises, sparking further speculation and concern.

In a significant move signaling the severity of the situation, General Erik Kurilla, head of the U.S. Central Command (Centcom), responsible for the Middle East, is expected in Israel to coordinate defense strategies with Israeli officials. 

His agenda includes meetings with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and top military officials, focusing on a response strategy to a potential Iranian offensive that could involve ballistic missiles, drones, and cruise missiles targeting Israel. In turn, Israel has indicated that it would respond with direct attacks on Iran.

During a discussion with Yoav Gallant, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed the United States' unwavering support for Israel's security, asserting that the U.S. would stand with Israel against any threats posed by Iran and its proxies. This assurance was conveyed by State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller.

Amid these developments, Israel has sought U.S. assistance in tempering Iran's potential reaction by issuing private and public warnings to Tehran and demonstrating military presence in the region. Coordination between Jerusalem and Washington has intensified, aiming to establish a joint air and missile defense strategy in anticipation of an Iranian attack.

Efforts to de-escalate the situation have seen Saudi, Emirati, Qatari, and Iraqi foreign ministers engaging in talks with their Iranian counterpart, prompted by calls from the White House urging a message of restraint to Tehran.

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