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N.Y. police, citing Iran tensions, protect Jewish targets

WASHINGTON (JTA) — New York City police reportedly are preparing to increase security at Jewish sites because of Israel-Iran tensions.

The Associated Press reported Friday that NYPD intelligence analysts fear attacks on synagogues and other Jewish centers should Israel take military action to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Israeli officials have said that they believe that Iran is just months away from acquiring such a weapon.

According to AP, New York police took similar precautions a year ago after a senior Hezbollah commander, Imad Mughniyeh, was assassinated in Syria.

Israel did not claim responsibility for that killing, and some analysts saw Syria’s hand in the car bomb, but the Lebanese terrorist group nonetheless threatened retaliation against Israel.
 

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