JERUSALEM – Iran has ordered Palestinian terror groups to carry out a large-scale bombing inside Israel before elections here next week, security officials told WorldNetDaily.

The information has prompted nationwide alerts and tightened security measures in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

“The Tehran regime is looking to disrupt the election process and deteriorate the security situation to distract international attention from the pressure over its nuclear program,” a senior security official said.

Officials say Iran has instructed the Islamic Jihad and West Bank cells of the Fatah-linked Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror groups to infiltrate immediately an Israeli city and carry out a mass-casualty attack.

Israel says both Islamic Jihad and the Brigades receive funding from the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia. Brigades leaders previously have told WorldNetDaily they coordinate with Hezbollah. Islamic Jihad, whose leaders frequently visit Iran, has taken responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel the past 11 months.

Israeli security services are following leads on more than 50 general and 11 specific terror warnings, including information on attacks in Jerusalem.

Yesterday, a suicide bomber was caught trying to infiltrate from Ramallah. On Tuesday, a dramatic high-speed chase on the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway involving police motorcycles and helicopter units ended in the capture of a bomber on his way to blow up a target in central Israel.

“The coming period is a very tense one in which terrorist organizations will come and try to carry out an attack. We are organizing in a very big way in an attempt to prevent an attack,” said police chief Gen. Moshe Karadi.

National elections are scheduled for this Tuesday. Suicide bombings ahead of previous Israeli elections have tended to bolster the success of more right-wing parties, which espouse tougher defense policies.

Israeli security officials say Iran prefers a hard-line Jerusalem leadership more willing to start a confrontation with Palestinian groups.

Both the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been placed under tight military closure for at least the next week due to the security concerns. Police presence throughout Jerusalem has been noticeably boosted. Israel has the past few days conducted anti-terror operations in the West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus in response to specific threats.

Iran long has backed Palestinian terror groups, but Israel has been concerned lately about the increased role Tehran is playing in Palestinian affairs following Hamas’ election victory in January.

Iran earlier this month pledged financial support to Hamas to replace an expected halt of European and U.S. aid to the new Palestinian government. Media reports stated Iran would give as much as $250 million to the PA, but Hamas officials said no actual amount had been discussed.

Also this month WorldNetDaily broke the story a West Bank Islamic Jihad operative opened what he referred to as an “Iranian ideological embassy” in the Palestinian territories to espouse Shia Muslim beliefs and to help spread Iranian theocracy and rule throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Afterwards, the Al Aqsa Brigades boasted of dedicating a new rocket to be fired at Israeli towns to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “because of his courageous position toward the enemy.”

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