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Gantz: Israel preparing offensive options against Iran ‘if and when’ they’re needed

Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends a ceremony in memory of Israeli soldiers who were killed during the First Lebanon War, at the National Hall of Remembrance at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on June 14, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends a ceremony in memory of Israeli soldiers who were killed during the First Lebanon War, at the National Hall of Remembrance at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on June 14, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Israel is preparing offensive options against Iran in case they are needed, Defense Minister Benny Gantz says in an interview with Channel 12 news.

Given what Israel has described as an imminent and concrete threat of an Iranian attack against Israelis in Istanbul, Gantz says, “We aren’t able to personally protect every Israeli anywhere in the world.”

“We are in contact with the relevant Turkish authorities, and we are of course mainly preparing offensive capabilities, (for) if and when they are needed,” he threatens. “I suggest that the Iranians not test these capabilities.”

Gantz largely evades questions about the situation with the Gaza Strip, about possible plans to nominate a new IDF chief of staff, and about whether he could join an alternative government headed by opposition chief Benjamin Netanyahu.

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