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After Iran ship blast, Gantz says Israel preparing for military threats

Defense Minister Benny Gantz declined to react to the report by The New York Times that Israel was behind the attack yesterday on the Iranian Saviz boat, stating simply that Israel is preparing for threats on all possible fronts.
This picture taken on Aug. 25, 2019, shows a view of a battery of Israel's Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, near the town of Bet Hillel in northern Israel.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said this morning Israel would take military action anywhere there was a threat against it. “The State of Israel must defend itself. Every place we find an operational challenge or operational need, we will continue to act. We are preparing ourselves at this time on numerous fronts: at our southern and northern borders, as well as vis-a-vis the threats that Iran is presenting, whether directly or indirectly via its proxies in the Middle East,” said Gantz.

Gantz added, “To our enemies I want to say: We are here today marking 10 years of active service of the Iron Dome, but this isn’t the only system we have. We have offensive capabilities that operate 24/7, 365 days a year. They are ready for use on any front, at any range and for any action that the IDF needs.”

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