Israel’s DM warns that “Iran is Iran is methodically basing itself in the Red Sea”

Speaking at the 26th Annual Economist Government Roundtable in Athens, Ganz revealed satellite images of 4 Iranian warships patrolling in the Red Sea in recent months

Israel’s DM warns that “Iran is Iran is methodically basing itself in the Red Sea”

Israeli DM Benny Ganz with Cypriot DM Charalambos Petrides in Athens on Tuesday. Photo credit: Ariel Hermoni, Israeli Ministry of Defense

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz spoke at the 26th Annual Economist Government Roundtable in Athens yesterday (Tuesday), and revealed satellite images of 4 Iranian warships patrolling in the Red Sea in recent months, at a time when Iran is entrenching itself in the Red Sea:

“Today, we can confirm that Iran is methodically basing itself in the Red Sea, with war ships patrolling the southern region. In the last months, we have identified the most significant Iranian military presence in the area, in the past decade,” said Ganz.
“It is a direct threat to international trade, energy supply, and the global economy. It is also a direct threat to peace and stability in the maritime arena, which may affect the Mediterranean and beyond.”

Gantz also referred to Iran’s recent satellite launcher test:” Just a week ago, Iran conducted yet another test of a satellite launcher from Semnan province. This test demonstrates that the Iranian regime has the capabilities to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles that may reach as far as the center of Europe.

“This is in addition to operational ballistic systems and UAVs that can already reach the East Med.”

Prior to the Roundtable, Ganz met with his Cypriot counterpart, Minister of Defense Charalambos Petrides. Following their meeting, Ganz said that the discussion “covered challenges of mutual interest in the east-med, and areas of cooperation that are critical for the security of our citizens and for peace and stability in the region.”

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