Gantz says photo shows Iran gave Venezuela know-how to make advanced UAVs

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Speaking at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations meeting in Jerusalem, Defense Minister Benny Gantz reveals a photo that he says proves Iran has transferred to Venezuela the know-how for it to produce advanced UAVs.

“This image shows a model of the advanced Iranian Mohajer UAV, presented by Venezuela’s president. In addition to developing Iranian UAVs in Venezuela, our assessments show that Iranian precision-guided missiles are being delivered for these UAVs and other similar models,” Gantz says.

“With this image in mind, I can tell you that in my meetings with partners from around the world, including African and Latin American partners, I heard extreme concern about Iranian support for terrorism,” he says.

Speaking on the Iranian nuclear deal, Gantz stresses that if a deal is signed with Iran, this “does not mark the end of the road.”

A photo shared by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, which he says proves Iran has transferred to Venezuela the know-how to produce advanced UAVs. (Defense Ministry)

“It opens the door to important action that must be taken,” he says, including “stopping the development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.”

“Enforcement and supervision by the IAEA are crucial but not enough,” Gantz says, adding that “we need to have offensive capabilities and a set of sanctions ready in our back pockets in case Iran violates the agreement.”

“Iran truly is a global and regional challenge and not just a threat to the State of Israel,” he says.


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