Israel’s military revealed that F-35 jets in March 2021 had shot down two Iranian drones “carrying weapons from Iran to Gaza”. According to the IDF, “the interception… was carried out prior to them entering Israeli airspace, in coordination with neighbouring countries”. The next day, Defence Minister Benny Gantz asserted that Israel would “continue to act decisively in the face of Iranian aggression and terrorism. We will thwart any attempted attack and charge a painful price from Iran”. He further contended that “today Iranian aggression is conducted without a ‘nuclear canopy’. If Iran reaches a nuclear threshold, it will become even more dangerous to world peace. Now is the time for the world to stop Iran. Whether or not an agreement will be signed, it will not be the end of the road for us – nor should it be for the countries of the region and the world”.
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