During his speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in San Diego, FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed that the agency had not received any specific and credible intelligence indicating a threat to the United States following the recent Hamas attack in Israel. However, he did acknowledge an increase in domestic threats due to the current tense environment and urged law enforcement agencies to be more vigilant and share intelligence to prevent any potential attacks.
Wray voiced his concern regarding the prevalence of antisemitic and other violent extremist activities, whether by foreign terrorist organizations or domestic violent extremists with their own motives. He strongly condemned the act of targeting a community on the basis of their faith as completely unacceptable. He reaffirmed the FBI’s commitment to confronting threats in the US and abroad, offered condolences to Israel, and denounced recent brutality and disregard for innocent lives.
The FBI has released a statement on their website regarding potential threats from the Hamas attack in Israel. According to the statement, the FBI has not received any “specific and credible intelligence indicating a threat” to the United States as of yet. However, they are closely monitoring the situation and are prepared to make necessary security adjustments if needed.
Furthermore, the FBI has been actively involved in locating and identifying Americans who have been impacted by the violence in Israel. It is believed that around two dozen individuals with US or dual US-Israeli citizenship are among the hundreds of people who were killed or are still missing following the recent Hamas attack.
The agency highlighted that it is giving utmost importance to reports regarding deceased, injured, or missing Americans. They are being handled with an aggressive approach and investigated urgently. This statement reflects the FBI’s commitment to ensuring the safety of American citizens, both domestically and internationally. Although no specific threats are reported at present, the agency remains vigilant and ready to adapt its security measures to safeguard American interests and lives.