Speaking at a security cabinet meeting Monday, Netanyahu said the killing of suleymani was entirely carried out by the United States and that Israel was not involved in any way and should not be involved in the escalating conflict, Axios News quoted two senior Israeli officials as saying. Since the killing of Sulaimani, the prime ministers office has ordered cabinet ministers not to make a statement to the media on this issue, in case of creating the impression that Israel is involved in the assassination. Netanyahu told officials that if asked about Sulaimanis murder, the only thing they could say to the media was Israels support for the right of the United States to defend itself. Israel needs to pay close attention to the development of the assassination, but it is not the main role of the incident, Israels defense forces intelligence chief Harvey said publicly for the first time Friday, AP reported.
According to Axios news, the Israeli intelligence community believes that Iran may retaliate after Tuesday. Qatars al Jazeera TV said Friday that Irans violent counterattack may take a long time and spread to the Middle East and the world. Harrell said Tehrans retaliation will include Israeli targets, but will not constitute a provocation against Israel. According to the associated press, Harvey said Israel was ready for possible fierce retaliation from Iran.
Alef Ben, the political affairs editor of Israels national newspaper, believes that the biggest beneficiary of the US assassination will be Netanyahu. Netanyahu is facing the biggest crisis in his political career because of three corruption charges, and the assassination may make his corruption problem no longer be concerned, and in the Israeli parliamentary election held in March this year, the security situation and challenges will return to the Israeli political center. Alef predicted that Netanyahu would use Sulaimanis murder to build momentum for his campaign.