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Israel will confront Iran on all fronts, warns Gantz

November 17, 2021 at 2:47 pm

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz in Jerusalem, 12 October 2021 [Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg/Getty Images]

Israel will continue to confront Iran on all fronts, including Lebanon and Syria, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz warned yesterday.

“We have been seeing Iran’s policies in terms of its nuclear programme and its armaments outside the country,” said Gantz, “as well as its influence in Syria and Lebanon.” He made his comments while visiting an army base with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

The Israeli official called on governments “to act against Iran” and stressed that his country is “prepared to do what is needed on all of these fronts and on the northern front in particular.”

Gantz’s comments come amid a planned resumption of negotiations on reviving the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in Vienna later this month.

Israel has described the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as “insufficient to deter Iran’s ambitions to develop nuclear weapons.” It has also said that it would prevent what it called the “Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and Lebanon.”

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