Defence Minister Benny Gantz contended that “while the world watched ‘another escalation between Israel and Gaza’, I… emphasise: The Iranian ayatollahs are involved on this front. Islamic Jihad in Gaza is a violent Iranian proxy”. He added: “Iran provides Islamic Jihad in Gaza with tens of millions of dollars per year [and] via the IRGC, transfers know-how and attempts to smuggle materials to Gaza, which are then used to build weapons aimed at civilians”. Gantz went on to warn that “our eyes and targets focus on anyone who threatens the security of our citizens, from Khan Younis to Tehran... On the strategic level, Israel will continue to work with our partners in facing Iranian aggression, which harms security and stability everywhere, from the Israel-Gaza border, to the Mediterranean Sea, to the Gulf and beyond”.
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