Referring to a series of blasts in Iran including the 2 July incident at the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) that Iranian officials acknowledged caused “significant damage”, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz indicated that “everyone can be suspicious of us all the time… But not every event that happens in Iran is connected to us”. He further asserted that “a nuclear Iran is a threat to the world and the region, as well as a threat to Israel. And we will do everything to prevent that from happening. And we will do everything possible to prevent Iran from spreading terror and weapons, but I do not refer to any individual event”. Relatedly, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi maintained that “we have a long-term policy… not to allow Iran to have nuclear abilities. This regime with those abilities is an existential threat to Israel, and Israel cannot allow it to establish itself on our northern border”. “We take actions that are better left unsaid”, Ashkenazi asserted.
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