Defense Minister Benny Gantz, discussing Iran’s nuclear program, threatens to conduct a military strike against it if necessary.
“Today in Iran — as it was 40 years ago [in Iraq] — a murderous and dangerous enemy, which is building arms of terror [to use against] the State of Israel, seeks to acquire a nuclear weapon to threaten Israel and the stability of the entire region,” Gantz says, referring to an Iraqi nuclear reactor, which Israel destroyed in a 1981 airstrike.
“We are in contact with our American allies in order to ensure the security of Israel. If needed, we will act as we have always acted. We will remove and prevent any threat, with stratagems, with initiative and — of course — with professional and diplomatic responsibility,” he says.
The defense minister makes his remarks a day after an alleged drone attack on an Iranian nuclear site outside Tehran.