February 6, 2012
According to an international security document obtained by ABC News, Israeli facilities in North America and around the world are on high alert because of a predicted increased threat of Iranian attacks against Jewish targets. "We predict that the threat on our sites around the world will increase ... on both our guarded sites and 'soft' sites," said a letter circulated by Eliran Avitan, the head of security for the Consul General for the Mid-Atlantic States. "Guarded sites" refers to government facilities, such as embassies and consulates, while "soft sites" refers to Jewish synagogues, schools and community centers. The head of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, said recently that Iran was trying to target Israelis because of alleged Israeli attacks on Iran's nuclear scientists. Local law enforcement and intelligence officials in the U.S. and Canada have been monitoring the situation, stepping up patrols at Israeli government locations and Jewish institutions in major cities.