Increased Israel-Iran Tension Leads To Heightened Security At Jewish Institutions In NYC

NYPD: No Specific Threats Made, But Pre-Emptive Moves Necessary

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD has increased security at the Israeli consulate, synagogues and other Jewish cultural institutions throughout the city.

The rising tensions between Israel and Iran have prompted the security increase in our area. Heavily armed police and bomb sniffing dogs were posted outside the Israeli consulate on Manhattan’s East Side.  CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported seeing police cars, heavily-armed officers and K-9 units outside the consulate on Friday.

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White House officials believe Israel may be planning an attack on Iran’s nuclear program as early as this Spring. Should they strike, Iran has vowed to retaliate against Israel and its U.S. interests.

Israeli governmental buildings and Jewish soft targets like synagogues and community centers have been placed on high alert.

“Unfortunately, the Iranians don’t like Israel and they don’t like the United States, so we become right at the top of their list in terms of targets,” security expert Bob Strang said.

The NYPD said it is increasing security at synagogues and other Jewish institutions after talks between Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Israeli officials about a possible Israeli pre-emptive strike on Iran.

“We know that the Iranians have the capability in Washington, New York, Los Angeles. They’re capable of actually committing a crime here — whether it be murder, whether it be activating some type of terrorist attack,” Strang said.

“CBS This Morning” Senior Correspondent John Miller said Iran’s threat is very real. Security sources said that on three separate occasions — in 2002, 2003 and 2004 — suspected Iranian intelligence agents were caught in New York City conducting surveillance on landmarks and critical infrastructures looking for potential targets.

“Riding the number 7 train and filming out the front window of the train, so that they could document the path of the tunnel that runs under the United Nations’ building. Of course, they said they were tourists and they were just taking pictures, but it was 1 o’clock in the morning. They were suspected agents of the Iranian intelligence apparatus,” Miller said.

Since then, the NYPD said it has been closely monitoring the conflict between Israel and Iran.

“That is part of what has the New York Police Department raised up on alert now. They know about those instances and there are probably other instances of surveillance and planning that they don’t know about,” Miller said.

There has been no specific threat made against institutions in our area, but police are warning officers and residents to stay extra vigilant just in case.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below …

  • Obamadinijad Hussein

    lets keep giving billions of dollars every year to mooslime terrorists countries egypt, pakistan, jordan, and see what happens

  • XJEW

    This is crazy it could lead to the start of WW3 and the end of the world.Cant we just move Israel to Miami beach and solve this conflict.

  • Kunzang

    I guess any kind of diplomatic negotiations are out of the question, eh? The only way to take care of this age-old seemingly endless issue between Jewish and Muslim POLITICS is to bomb each other, killing countless innocent human beings trying to live their lives in peace…ah well, so sad for our species: this “might makes right” bravado…and on and on it goes! No wonder our planet is so fragile. Is there any hope for a different way of dealing with conflict??

  • Cheryl

    I’ m tired of listening to how great Americans have to give their lives because they can’t get along There are human lives at stake here ; Great American Lives if maybe we should adopt the rule . One American Life- twenty- five, other lives .

    • John McMahan

      I AGREE 100%. They were offered 3/4 of the Gaza strip and turned it down. They want us to die so they can have it all. By the way, what makes this land so holy that the Jews have to have the land that is in the middle of their enemy? I think most of the Jews that would like to just live their life’s moved to the USA a long time ago, and the ones that are there just want to push the Muslims around with America.

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  • Lionel

    Yeh! Yeh! Deny all you like, commentators in favour of Iranian aggression. Just who is standing up in front of hyped up fanatics in overcrowded squares calling for the destruction of Israel. Okay lets “imagine” the unthinkable they, by some huge stretch of the imagination manage to eliminate “G-ds, chosen people”. Guess whose next…YOU. So, the solution,where have we heard that before, is for these crazy religious Islamic purveyors of Hate to simply STOP. Try to live in PEACE with Humanity of whatever source. Get on with your lives and let the rest of us do the same. Think about it.

  • Moshe

    Is it any wonder why people criticize Jews? They are 2 percent of the population but drive our foreign policy and national security among other things. Oh yeah that is because of the holocaust, a story which the Jews surely use to their advantage.

  • Ruth Samuel

    If it is start, kalas! These are the completion of the what Jesus said.

  • Norman Frohman

    Thats funny how Jews make head lines of news. They have lost face due to lies and propaganda they were spreading around since they were there..
    Now see their propaganda here. The real news might be closer to:

    “Increased Israel-Iran Tension Leads To Security Threat on Muslims and Muslim Institutions In West”

    Am I right?

  • Blah Blah

    Let them kill each other–Jews and Muslims…..I hope they nuke each other…..and we know this is the JEW FAULT….

    • John McMahan

      You will also have to include the crusaders. All three of them are one being. They are playing the game of “I’M BETTER THAN YOU ARE”. At this time, they have “MONEY” to keep score, but when the economy falls, money will have no value so killing each other will be the only way to keep score. When they are all gone, we will have peace at last. The only thing I can hope for is when they get to haven, THEY STAY THERE. LOL

      • John McMahan

        However, the meek will inherit the earth! {YAHOO} (:-{ >

  • injun

    So the rest of us get less Police Protection.

  • Roger Cotton

    Watch the “American”-Iranians, they are more dangerous than the mullahs. They are HERE!

    • jay

      isreal is like spoil child of usa,because we give them weapen ,france give bomb,jewsh labies are all over media,they feel they are super power,they never think,except manplate,size and location are important,you smal and jam society,do you know what you going to do if usa does not help help you ,do not abuse american with your imfluance.

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