IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi with Defense Minister Gallant (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)

Tensions rise in the Israeli security system against the background of the exchange of statements between Israel and Iran and the possibility of a military flare-up just in time for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.  According to a report “Israel Hayom”, Israel Defense Forces senior officials have been talking in closed discussions in recent days about the possibility of a security deterioration on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. On the other hand, a senior political official said that there is no change in status currently, and only the public reviews of the IDF commanders at Monday's Herzliya conference caused the feeling that the situation has worsened.

In the Iranian sector, against the background of the fear of increasing the level of uranium enrichment, in the last few days, senior officials of the IDF and the political system have issued a series of threatening statements toward Tehran and its metastases. A few weeks ago, Iran increased the level of uranium enrichment to 84% but later claimed that this was a mistake and returned the amount of the enrichment to 63%. Because of this, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the IDF Chief of Staff, the head of the Security Council, and the head of the National Security Council made it clear that Israel is prepared to use its military power if the circumstances require it.

In response to the statements, a senior Iranian official said in an interview with "Al Jazeera": "Harming our nuclear facilities means igniting a widespread war, for which Israel will bear responsibility. The increasing threats confirm that Israel is the basis of insecurity and instability in the region. The world must understand that there will be no red lines In our response."

Against the background of these things, it was reported yesterday that the members of the Security Cabinet will gather in the coming days, most likely next week, for a discussion defined as "deepening" the issues of the northern arena. In recent years, the security establishment has estimated that it will be possible to confine the following confrontations to one arena at any point in time. Now they are preparing for a multi-arena conflict, assuming that Iran is trying to challenge Israel in all areas. Against the background of these developments and more, the assessment in Israel is that the likelihood of war has increased.

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