Iran Expected to Attack Israel After Trump Nixes Nuclear Deal
US and Israeli officials warn of Iranian strike on Jewish state after Trump reinstates sanctions on Islamic Republic
Defense officials in both Israel and the United States say they expect Iran to soon attack the Jewish state following President Donald Trump's announcement that his government is abandoning the nuclear deal brokered by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Trump promised two years ago during his presidential campaign that he'd nix the Iran deal, which he called one of the worst he'd ever seen in his decades as a top businessman.
America's European allies lobbied hard for Trump to stick with the agreement, insisting that Iran was honoring its terms.
But on Tuesday, Trump cited a recent intelligence exposé by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggesting that Iran had been duping the international community all along.
Netanyahu immediately held a press conference thanking Trump for his "courage."
Trump called the arrangement a "horrible, one-sided deal that should never have been made," and announced Washington would instead be reinstating heavy economic sanctions on Iran.
Already for several days prior to Trump's decision, Israeli military officials had been warning of preparations by Iranian and allied forces in Syria to launch a missile attack on northern Israel.
On Tuesday evening, the Israeli army officially put the Golan Heights region on high alert, and advised local residents to ready their bomb shelters.
US military officials suggested to CNN that Trump's announcement had possibly increased the likelihood of an Iranian or Iranian-backed attack on Israel.