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Israel ready to attack Iran, defense minister says

Israeli Defence Minister and leader of Blue and White party Benny Gantz addresses a press conference at his party's office in the Knesset in Jerusalem on June 7, 2021 [Menahem KAHANA / AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli Minister of Defence Benny Gantz in Jerusalem on June 7, 2021 [Menahem KAHANA//AFP/Getty Images]

Israeli defense minister said Tel Aviv is "ready to attack Iran", adding Iran represented "a global challenge", reported Anadolu Agency.

Benny Gantz's comments came in an exclusive interview with the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth published on Thursday.

"Iran seeks to pose a multi-front challenge to Israel by building up its power in Lebanon and Gaza, deploying militias in Syria and Iraq, and establishing supporters in Yemen," Gantz said.

He also held Palestinian elements responsible for last Wednesday's rocket fire from Lebanon.

On Wednesday, the Israeli army announced that three missiles were launched from Lebanon towards northern Israel, and one of them landed in the Lebanese territory.

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Israel responded by launching airstrikes on targets in southern Lebanon.

On Wednesday, Gantz told a conference organized by the Israeli Foreign Ministry with the ambassadors of member states of the UN Security Council that Iran needs only "about 10 weeks" to obtain the weapons-grade materials needed to make a nuclear weapon.

He also accused Saeed Ara Jani, head of the drone department of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, of being behind the attacks in the Persian Gulf.

Israel blamed Iran for the last week's attack on the MV Mercer Street vessel, which killed a Briton and a Romanian. Iran, however, denied any responsibility for the attack.

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