Daily Memo: Threats of Retaliation in the Middle East

Israel is bracing for Iran's response to the killing of a top nuclear scientist.

Israel prepares for attack. Israel successfully carried out a series of air defense tests involving its short-range Iron Dome system, medium-range David’s Sling, and the long-range Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 antiballistic missile systems, according to the Israel Missile Defense Organization. The organization’s chief said after the drills that it was too soon to discuss selling the systems to Gulf states that share Israel’s anxieties about Iranian missiles, like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, but he did not rule out greater defense cooperation. Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani repeated his government’s claim on Monday that Israel was responsible for the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist last month and vowed to “take revenge at the right time and in the right place.” Minimum pressure. The U.S. government imposed sanctions on Turkey’s top defense procurement body, the Presidency of Defense Industries, or SSB, in response to Turkey’s purchase last year of Russia’s advanced S-400 air defense system. The measures effectively cut off the SSB from U.S. financial institutions and defense equipment and technology, but they won’t have much immediate effect: The SSB has no contractual engagements with the relevant financial institutions, and the ban on export licenses applies only to […]

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