Iran’s ‘aggression is growing,’ as the rogue state prepares to wreak havoc following a tanker strike.
Iran’s bombing of an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea, which killed one British citizen, is part of a pattern of “intensifying aggression” that will draw an immediate response from Israel, according to Israel’s defense minister, Benny Gantz.
In a striking reminder of the region’s spiraling tensions, Tehran has threatened attacks on British, US, and Israeli targets if the West responds. The Mercer Street is owned by Japan and sails under the Liberian flag, although it is operated by Zodiac Maritime, which is owned by Eyal Ofer, an Israeli millionaire.
The drone assault, which the UK, US, and Israel blamed on Iran, claimed the lives of two people: a UK citizen and a Romanian.
Mr Gantz, speaking in Israel’s Knesset yesterday, branded Iran’s behavior as a grave escalation.
“Iran’s hostility in the region, and particularly on the sea front, is intensifying,” he warned.
“This is precisely why we must act immediately against Iran, which is pursuing a nuclear military program while also causing a dangerous arms race and the deterioration of Middle Eastern stability.”
Mr Gantz stated there were “hundreds” of Iranian drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operating in Iran, Yemen, Iraq, and other nations.
“There have been no less than five Iranian strikes on multinational ships in the last year, some utilizing UAVs made by the Iranian military industry,” he continued.
“Iran, under the ‘hangman’ Raisi, who will take office this week, will be more dangerous to the world than it has been so far, more destructive to the region than it has been so far, and will strive to become an existential threat to Israel,” Mr Gantz said, referring to Ebrahim Raisi, who will be sworn in as Iran’s President today, succeeding outgoing Hassan Rouhani.
Mr Gantz’s usage of the term alludes to suspicions that Mr Raisi orchestrated mass prisoner killings at the close of the Iran-Iraq conflict in 1980-1988.
“We will act to remove any such threat,” he said, emphasizing that Israel would not hesitate.
“Israel has a number of instruments and options to safeguard its citizens, and we have a variety of options as well.”Brinkwire Summary News”.