Middle East

The White House warns: Iran's threats to Israel are real and credible

John Kirby, The White House

Iran's threats against Israel are "credible" and "real," White House national security spokesman John Kirby said Friday.

The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, has been constantly briefed by his national security team and the US intends to do "everything possible to ensure that Israel can be protected", Kirby said.

"It would be unwise not to assess our position in the region to ensure that we are also properly prepared," he added.

Kirby did not provide details on the possible movements of US forces in the region.

The risks of the Gaza conflict spreading have doubled following Iran's threats against Israel following the April 1 attack that destroyed the Iranian consulate in Damascus and killed 16 people, including two generals of the Revolutionary Guards, Iran's ideological army. Iran holds Israel responsible for the attack.

Iran, which is Israel's sworn enemy and an ally of the Palestinian Hamas, threatened to "punish" Israel after the destruction of the consulate in Damascus.