Chief of Staff completes situational assessmentIDF Spokesperson's Unit

The IDF Chief of the General Staff, LTG Herzi Halevi, on Friday completed a comprehensive situational assessment on the readiness of the IDF for all scenarios, together with the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, the heads of the Intelligence and Operations Directorates, the Commanding Officer of the Israeli Air Force, the Commanding Officer of the Home Front Command and other commanders.

The heads of directorates and branches reviewed the preparedness and readiness for defensive and offensive operations, with consideration for possible scenarios and adapting operational responses.

"The IDF is very strongly prepared, both offensively and defensively, against any threat. We are at war and have been in a state of high readiness for around half a year. The IDF continues to monitor closely what is happening in Iran and different arenas, constantly preparing to deal with existing and potential threats in coordination with the United States Armed Forces. Our forces are prepared and ready at all times and for any scenario," said Halevi.

A situational assessment is currently being held together with the Commander of the United States Central Command, General Michael Erik Kurilla, who is currently on a visit to Israel.

The assessment comes amid preparations for a possible Iranian retaliation against Israel for an attack in Syria last week that killed a top Iranian general.

CBS News reported on Friday, citing two US officials, that an Iranian attack against Israel is expected to occur as soon as Friday and may include more than 100 drones and dozens of missiles aimed at military targets inside the country.

The officials said it would be challenging for the Israelis to defend against an attack of such a magnitude and while they held out the possibility that the Iranians could opt for a smaller-scale attack to avoid a dramatic escalation, their retaliation was believed to be imminent.

On Thursday night, The Wall Street Journal reported Israel is preparing for a direct attack from Iran on southern or northern Israel as soon as the next 24 to 48 hours.

A person briefed by the Iranian leadership, however, said that while plans to attack are being discussed, no final decision has been made.

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