On Monday, Israeli Minister Avigdor Liberman told the members of his political party who serve in the Knesset that while Israel is not interested in a war with Iran, the IDF is prepared for such a scenario. “There’s no room for all this hysteria and panic,” he added.







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Amid reports that Iran is planning to launch a missile attack on Israel, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Monday that the IDF is prepared for every possible Iranian move. “There’s no room for all this hysteria and panic,” Liberman said at the beginning of this week’s Yisrael Beiteinu Knesset faction meeting. “Yes, this is a complex situation with many challenges and threats [but] we know how to deal with all the threats and manage all the challenges.”

“We have no interest in an escalation [with Iran] but we are ready for every scenario. This is our duty,” he stressed.

Yesterday, Israeli media reported that security officials suspect that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps may be plotting to launch a missile attack on Israel in response to an alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian airbase in Syria last month. According to the reports, Iran is determined to avenge the deaths of the Iranians who were killed in the airstrike. However, it does not wish to expose itself as the perpetrator. Therefore, it is reportedly planning to send its Shiite militias to Syria, where they would join forces with Hezbollah and the Palestinian Al-Quds Brigade. The plan, the Israeli officials believe, is to launch several missiles toward Israeli military targets.

On Sunday afternoon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the possibility of a conflict between Israel and Iran, saying that it would be better to fight Iran now rather than later. “We are not interested in an escalation, but we will deal with every scenario,” he added.