Israel has stepped up protection for current and former senior security personnel, especially when they are abroad, public broadcaster Kahn reported Thursday.
The move comes amid heightened tensions with Iran, which has repeatedly warned of retaliation for a series of alleged actions by the Mossad in recent years.
According to reports, the main focus of the increased protective measures are former senior Mossad members currently abroad.
The report did not mention any specific former agents who may have been targets.
The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment on the report.
Recent attempts by Iran to target Israelis abroad include the attempted assassination of an Israeli-Georgian businessman involved in pro-Israel activities in Eastern Europe and a plot to target Israeli citizens in Istanbul, Turkey.
The years-long shadow war between Iran and Israel has intensified.
On Thursday, a group of Iranian hackers called Moses Staff released previously unseen footage of a bombing attack in Jerusalem a day earlier. The footage was said to come from surveillance cameras used by an unnamed major Israeli security agency.
A day earlier, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps blamed Israel for the killing of a senior aerospace official near Damascus and vowed to avenge the death. The incident was the latest in a series of mysterious assassinations or deaths of senior Iranian officials and nuclear scientists in recent months, which Tehran has blamed on Israel.
Jerusalem has never claimed responsibility for the incidents, but reports have indicated its involvement.
On Tuesday, US Navy investigators confirmed that an Iranian Shahad-136 was the explosive-laden drone that struck an oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire off the coast of Oman last week.
Last month, Iran claimed to have arrested 10 agents working for Israel in West Azerbaijan province. The semi-official Fars news agency reported that the men acted against Iranian security officials and were in contact with the Mossad intelligence agency.
In a separate incident a few days ago, Iranian authorities said they had arrested a “Zionist spy” in the southern province of Kerman, citing a local prosecutor who had claimed in local reports that the suspect was an agent of the “Zionist intelligence service”. Referring to the Mossad.
Iranian leaders have also claimed that popular unrest across the country against oppression of women is being orchestrated by Israel and the US.
In addition, Iran also appears to have stepped up its efforts to track down what it considers “regime enemies” abroad.
Monday’s report said Israel had recently provided British officials with intelligence that allowed them to foil an Iranian plot to attack UK-based journalists.