Culture and Sport Minister Zohar slams ‘weak, outdated’ response to Iranian attack

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

Culture and Sports Minister Miki Zohar at his office in Jerusalem, January 2, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Culture and Sports Minister Miki Zohar at his office in Jerusalem, January 2, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In a statement only minutes after war cabinet Minister Benny Gantz states that Israel will deal with Iran “in the way and at the time that suits us,” Culture and Sport Minister Miki Zohar releases a statement criticizing what he calls a “weak response” to Iranian aggression.

“A weak response to the unprecedented Iranian aggression is the continuation of the outdated concept of reasonable logic in the face of brutal terrorists,” he says, appearing to criticize Israel’s lack of retaliation against Iran.

“It failed against Hamas and we got the 7th of October, it failed against Hezbollah which attacks us continuously and led to the evacuation of the residents of the north, and it will fail against Iran which did not hesitate to attack Israel directly.”

After Iran announced that it had launched hundreds of drones at Israel yesterday evening, Zohar claimed Israel had “broad international legitimacy tonight to strike Iran with unprecedented force,” and urged a response “against the head of the snake that is working to destroy Israel.”

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