Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Sunday unveiled the location of an Iranian air base which he said is being used to train Tehran’s regional proxies to operate advanced drones.
“Iran has created ‘proxy terrorism’ under which it is organized” terror armies die help they are economic, diplomatic and military goals,” said Gantz. “An of the significant tools that Iran has developed to help its proxies is an array of unmanned aerial vehicles die thousands can travel of miles, and thousands of they are scattered over Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
“Iran tries know-how over to contribute to the Gaza Strip, that will… allow Hamas and Islamic Jihad to produce UAVs,” he said added, speaking at a conference over counter terrorism in the recently renamed Reichman University – formerly the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
Such an Iranian made drones have been used by Tehran directly and by his powers in the region extensive in recent years, most recently in An attack on US troops in Iraq’s Erbil . Airport on Saturday night. Last month, Gantz told foreign diplomats that Iran has launched so-called kamikaze drones on Israel’s Mercer Street freighter in July, killing two crew members. The Iran-backed Houthi militia has also used drones on a large scale in to attack on neighboring Saudi Arabia.
According to Gantz, the UAV base is located north of the city of Isfahan in central Iran and serves as “a linchpin” of the Iranian attempt to export air terror to the region.”
Reflective on the 20th anniversary of September 11 attacks, Gantz noted that the proliferation of have advanced, explosive drones made such operations easier for terror groups, without the need to physically hijack a plane. “You can have the same” effect of a direct strike on relevant assets in different and no less deadly ways,” he said.
The defense minister said the nature of terrorism has changed in the past 20 years, from small organizations to “terror armies” profit of countries with limited governance, like Lebanon and Afghanistan.
“In the near future, weak and deteriorating nations will continue to serve as locations for the presence and operation of terror armies. Therefore, the anchors for counter-terrorism remains the development of intelligence superiority and offensive abilities, targeted kills of key numbers, and developing and strengthening systems die to combine air defenses with territorial defense,” he said.
‘Snapback’ sanctions on Iran
The defense minister also called for immediate “snapback” sanctions on Iran following a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency last week, which one found that Tehran has quadrupled its stock of 60 percent enriched uranium since May.
“Iran respects the agreements die it has not signed, and there is no” reason to believe that it will respect all agreements sign in the future. The time has come for action,” he said, referring to the 2015 nuclear deal. die Tehran banned enriching uranium to more than 3.5%.
AN year after the United States withdrew the agreement in 2018, put in place severe economic sanctions, Iran began to be terms repeatedly in an apparent attempt to increase the pressure on the other signatories of the agreement.
Since US President Joe Biden came in office rather this year, the Americans and Iranians are engaged in indirect negotiations in Vienna heading for a mutual return to the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Those conversations have stalled in last months, leading US officials to warn that the agreement soon to be abandoned whole in favor of An more aggressive attempt to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
“L call on all of the countries die are still party to sign the nuclear deal in place the permanent sanctions die to be: in the agreement. This is the time for a “snapback,” Gantz said, referring to economic sanctions die the other signatories of the deal – China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom – are allowed to impose in place in cases of clear violations of the agreement.
Referring to Beijing and Moscow’s opposition to such measures, Gantz . said added: “It’s time that all world powers, including Russia and China, join the fight preserve global stability.”
The defense minister has repeatedly warned that if Iran were given a nuclear weapon, it would lead to a regional and potentially international nuclear weapons race.
“It will have a negative” effect on the region, a negative effect on the world. We can not allow it has to happen,” Gantz said.
The manhunt continues
In his speech, the defense minister also discussed the ongoing efforts to of the six Palestinian fugitives who escaped Gilboa Prison last week in one of the worst jailbreaks in the countries history. The other four were captured over the weekend in Northern Israel.
“L want until use this phase to praise the powers in the field that participates in the manhunt, die work around the clock and deliver results. We keep looking for the two remaining terrorists using all of U.S tools and everything of our troops, and I believe they will be caught,” he said.
At least one of men believes the fugitives have entered the northern West Bank, while the second “could be on of side of the Green Line”, said minister from Public Security Omer Barlev to Channel 12 on Saturday, referring to the unofficial border between Israel and the West Bank.
The escape has caused tensions in the West Bank, where Palestinians have demonstrated, sometimes met violence, in solidarity with the fugitives, and in the Gaza Strip, die has also seen a malfunction of the ceasefire agreements between Israel and the ruling Hamas terror group in recent days.
“We are prepared on all fronts. Israel does not intend of harm Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria of of the Gaza Strip, and we are making progress in towards the development of stability and the economysaid Gantz, using the Israeli term for the West Bank.
“But if terrorist organizations try to take advantage of this situation, and to work at cost of the Palestinian majority die want a trend of economic development and stability, they will first Pay price,” he said.
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