Netanyahu to meet US officials?
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Netanyahu to travel to US in March

Two weeks after Mossad chief meets CIA director in Washington, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set to visit US early march, address annual AIPAC convention

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the United States early next month to address the annual convention of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC in Washington, his bureau announced on Sunday.


The Prime Minister's bureau did not give further detail on whether Netanyahu will meet American officials during his visit.


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Two weeks ago, Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo met in secret with CIA Director David Petraeus in Washington.


Speaking at a Senate intelligence committee hearing, Petraeus outlined America's red line with regards to the Iranian nuclear menace and said that Israel viewed the Iran threat as "existential."


Fear of terror attack

On Friday, ABC News reported that Israel has raised the alert level at its consulates and embassies due to fears of an Iranian terror attack, citing a confidential document penned by the Israeli consulate in Philadelphia.


According to the letter, Israeli authorities are concerned that the Islamic Republic could target not only Israeli diplomatic missions but Jewish sites as well, including synagogues and schools.


"We predict that the threat on our sites around the world will increase … on both our guarded sites and 'soft' sites," read a memo written by the head of security for the Consul General for the Mid-Atlantic States.


According to the report, Israel released a document warning that terrorists could be using fake Israeli passports to easily pass through security checks on their way to carry out attacks on Jewish sites.


Furthermore, the Israeli authorities abroad are readying for an escalation in anti-Israeli rallies. The official wrote that these protests are anticipated to take place in embassies, synagogues, restaurants and other sites, and could turn violent.


Yitzhak Benhorin contributed to this report





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