Why is the Commander of CENTCOM on the ground in Israel on the brink of Iranian counterstrike?

TEL AVIV—Israel is preparing for a direct attack from Iran on southern or northern Israel as soon as Friday or Saturday, according to a person familiar with the matter. Iran has publicly threatened to retaliate for an attack last week in Damascus, Syria, that Tehran said was an Israeli airstrike on a diplomatic building. The strike killed top Iranian military officials, including a senior member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force.
Earlier this week, U.S. intelligence reports showed that an attack on Israeli assets by Iran or its proxies could be imminent, but a source says it now appears that the attack could be within Israel’s borders. A U.S. official with knowledge of the matter said Thursday that American intelligence reports indicate an Iranian retaliatory strike within days, “possibly on Israeli soil” as opposed to Israeli interests elsewhere.
On Thursday, the American Embassy in Israel said U.S. government employees and family members would be restricted from any personal travel…until further notice. Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for military operations in the Middle East, was in Israel on Thursday, defense officials said.

2 thoughts on “Why is the Commander of CENTCOM on the ground in Israel on the brink of Iranian counterstrike?”

  1. The attack seems to have already begun.

    “Axios correspondent Barak Ravid has cited several US and Israeli officials who say Iran’s attack against Israel has started. It is currently almost 11pm in Israel. It could take hours for the drones to reach Israel, however, the big question remains whether Tehran sends ballistic missiles. Both the IDF and the Biden administration have confirmed that drones are en route to Israeli airspace. Iranian state TV also since confirmed. The White House has said the attack is “likely to unfold over a number of hours.”

    “Iran launches attack against Israel using dozens of drones, four U.S. and Israeli officials told me,” Ravid writes. Airspace across Iran, Iran, Jordan, and Israel has reportedly been shut in the last hours. There are reports citing the Jordanian government saying it stands ready to shoot down any drones that violate its airspace. There are also unconfirmed reports that the Houthis have launched projectiles out of Yemen.”


    This was all likely according to plan. Americans are resistant to facilitate Israel’s destruction of Gaza, so by dragging Iran into the conflict by hitting their embassy, Israel forces America to involve itself via treaty, and therefore they hope to further finish the Palestinian problem under a much foggier warfront with direct U.S. involvement.

    Of course, if Iran is serious about escalating things further than just a retaliation, this could get out of hand very badly for everyone involved.

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