by: Itamar Eichner ~ Ynet
Wednesday, 22 March 2023 | The National Security Council [NSC] on Monday warned that Israelis traveling abroad may be targets of terror during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan [one of the Five Pillars of Islam when stringent disciplines are observed].
“Extraordinary security incidents in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], Jerusalem and around the country could increase the motivation of terror organizations, to target Israelis abroad,” the council said in a travel warning issued ahead of the Muslim holiday and Passover.
In its latest evaluation, the council said Iran is still the biggest instigator of world terror. “Tehran continues its attempts to harm Israelis either directly or through proxies that it employs in a number of countries, in violation of their sovereignty,” the council said in its statement as it referred to efforts made by Iran against Jews in Turkey, the Georgian Republic and Cyprus in the past two years.
“We believe Iran will continue to use terrorism as a means to achieve its aims and will attempt to harm Israeli and Jewish targets around the world. The most likely countries where such attempts could be made are the Georgian Republic, Turkey, Bahrain, Azerbaijan and the UAE [United Arab Emirates], because of their proximity to Iran and Greece and Cyprus as well,” the council warned.
“Over the past years, Iranian terror actors attempted to contact Israelis both in Israel and abroad via social media, emails and more, and the NSC has clear guidance available to block such attempts.
“Radical Islamist jihadist groups are also a threat. ISIS has recently shown an interest in targeting Israelis and calls on members to attempt to do so wherever they can. ISIS is located mostly in Africa but also in the Middle East and Asia,” the council said.
The council urges Israelis traveling to the Sinai desert to remain in organized tourist sites where the Egyptian security forces are on watch and to avoid traveling into areas in the interior or a stay in secluded locations.
“We call on the Israeli public to continue to travel but use caution and act responsibly,” the council said.
Posted on March 22, 2023
Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on March 20, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)
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