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Gantz: We won’t let Iran’s regional proxies acquire advanced arms

Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends the opening of a new Rafael factory in the northern town of Shlomi, November 9, 2021. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends the opening of a new Rafael factory in the northern town of Shlomi, November 9, 2021. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz vows Israel will not allow advanced weaponry to reach Iran’s regional proxies, amid a recent uptick in airstrikes in Syria that have been attributed to Israel.

“Fifteen years ago, this place burned from Hezbollah rockets and the threat from Iranian [military] entrenchment in Syria,” he said at the inauguration of a new factory opened by Israeli weapons maker Rafael in the northern town of Shlomi.

Gantz touts the factory’s opening as a “clear symbol to our enemies that our determination cannot be undermined.”

“On an operational level, we are acting extensively,” he says. “We won’t allow Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies in the area to be equipped with weaponry that will harm Israel’s [military] superiority in the region.”

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