Israeli Defense Minister Threatens Iran With Military Action

In this image provided by Maxar Technologies, the oil tanker Mercer Street is seen off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday Aug. 4, 2021. The United States, United Kingdom and Israel blame Iran for an attack on the Mercer Street off Oman that killed two people amid tensions over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers. Iran has denied being involved. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies via AP)

(AP) — Israel’s defense minister is warning that his country is prepared to strike Iran. Benny Gantz issued the threat Thursday against Islamic Republic after a fatal drone strike on a oil tanker at sea that his nation blamed on Tehran. That tanker is managed by a firm owned by an Israeli billionaire.

The U.S. and the United Kingdom similarly blamed Iran for the attack, but no country has offered evidence or intelligence to support their claims. Iran, which along with its regional militia allies have launched similar drone attacks, has denied being involved. Israel is lobbying countries for action at the United Nations over the assault.


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