As the suspicions in Israel about a possible Iranian strike on Israeli targets grow, the Israeli security establishment revealed on Tuesday the recent Iranian preparations at Syrian airbases. It is believed that Iran will likely try to strike Israel with either missiles or armed drones.

Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor

Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The Israeli security establishment decided today (Tuesday) to reveal the Iranian preparations underway at Syrian Air Force bases following last week’s strike on the T-4 airbase, which has been attributed to Israel. The information that Israel has released includes the formation of the Iranian forces and the types of aircraft they are using.

Israeli security officials believe that Iran’s Quds Force, the special unit in the Revolutionary Guards that is responsible for external operations, will launch a counterattack against Israel, maybe even in the near future. It is suspected that such an attack would include the use of precision missiles against Israeli targets. In addition, the Quds Force might decide to send armed drones into Israeli territory to carry out the attack.

“The IDF will do everything to ensure that Independence Day goes along without incident and that the citizens of Israel will be able to enjoy the holiday,” security officials stated. “The IDF is ready for a variety of scenarios so that Israeli citizens can properly celebrate the 70th Independence Day.”

Yesterday, JOL reported that a senior IDF official reportedly admitted that Israel was behind the attack on the T-4 airbase. In a piece published on Sunday, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said that the source told him that the attack was the first time that Israel has directly attacked Iranian forces in Syria. However, Friedman noted, the global reaction to the Israeli attack was largely absent due to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Douma two days earlier.

“It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets — both facilities and people,” the senior military source told Friedman. In the attack, seven Iranians were killed.