Israeli defense minister says the world must put an end to Iran

Iran is the greatest threat to the region and the world, said Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday.

“It is not possible to remain neutral while Iran is advancing in its nuclear project,” he said.

Gantz added that the world must put an end to Iran and Hezbollah and Israel alone can determine the equation.

The Israeli defense minister made his remarks hours after the Pentagon on Tuesday expressed “US and allied concern” about Iran’s destabilizing behavior as a threat to the region.

Evidence has shown that drones used in the attack on the Israeli-managed tanker off Oman’s coast on Thursday, which took the lives of British and Romanian crew, were made in Iran.

The report added that the tanker was targeted by two unsuccessful explosive drone attacks on the evening of July 29.

Investigators found small remnants of at least one of the drones used in the attack, adding that one of the drones was loaded with a military-grade explosive.

According to the investigating team, the Israeli tanker was attacked twice by Iranian drones.

In turn, Iran completely disavowed responsibility, and the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran, Saeed Khatibzadeh, described the spreading news as suspicious, denying reports that the ship might be hijacked by Iranian military forces or forces affiliated with Iran.

US Central Intelligence Agency director William Burns held talks in Israel on Wednesday with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, with Iran high on their agenda, an Israeli statement said.

Announcing Burns’s visit, the statement said he met on Tuesday with David Barnea, the new head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, to discuss Iran’s nuclear program “and other regional challenges.”

Burns, who was sworn in as CIA director in March, was expected to meet Palestinian officials, including President Mahmoud Abbas, in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Source: Al Arabiya
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