Tensions Between Iran and Israel Continue to Rise

US satellites have detected “movement of military hardware, including drones and cruise missiles” in Iran

After the air attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, attributed to the air force of the Jewish state, the situation between Iran and Israel has become so heated that even a small spark would be enough to trigger a new global conflict.

On April 12, the Russian Armed Forces launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from the Kapustin Yar military range (photo left), in Astrakhan Province, about a hundred kilometers east of Volgograd, in the steppes on the border with western Kazakhstan. According to Moscow’s Defense Ministry, the success of the test launch confirms the high reliability of Russian missiles “in ensuring the strategic security of the country.” But the flying Russian missile was spotted in many regions, even in the Middle East, leading some observers, according to regional media, “to wonder about the beginning of an Iranian attack on Israel.”

Tensions escalated further after the seizure of a cargo ship, “linked” to Israel, in the Persian Gulf by forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Pazdaran). According to Saudi Arabia’s pan-Arab satellite broadcaster Al Arabiya, the ship in question was MSC Aries, a Portuguese-flagged container ship operated by Zodiac Maritime, a London-based company owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer.

After all these very disturbing signs, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the population of the Jewish State were put on high alert. Local media in Tel Aviv published US warnings that Iran is preparing to “strike numerous targets inside Israel in the coming days.” Pentagon and CIA satellite surveillance systems have detected “the movement of military hardware, including drones and cruise missiles” in Iran.

And the international community is preparing for the worst: the Netherlands announced the closure of its embassy in Tehran, and several airlines, including Swiss, decided to “avoid Iranian airspace due to rising tensions in the Middle East.”