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DAILY DOSE | Fearing being underprepared for a major disaster, the IDF joined several nations in an exercise of maritime rescue. Our Daniel Tsemach has the story.
Iran’s Defense Ministry warned on Thursday that any Israeli involvement in a US-led naval operation into the Strait of Hormuz would have “disastrous consequences” for the region.
Defense Minister Amir Hatami reportedly added that the “military coalition that America is seeking to form with the excuse of securing maritime transport will only increase insecurity in the region,” during a discussion with defense officials from Qatar, Kuwait and Oman.
The warning comes as Washington ramps up pressure on the Islamic Republic following a string of incidents that have stirred tensions in the Gulf, including Tehran’s capture of a UK oil tanker last month and the downing of US drone over the Strait of Hormuz earlier in the summer.
On Wednesday the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration issued a warning about the threat of Iran in the Gulf specifically as it is alleged to be interfering with GPS signals in the Strait. The officials cited reports of “unknown entities falsely claiming to be US or coalition warships,” seemingly to seize the vessels by having them directed into Iranian waters.
On Tuesday, Israel’s Foreign Minister reportedly told officials that Jerusalem is assisting a US-led mission designed to protect ships traveling along the narrow sea passage.
Israel Katz said during a closed-door session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the country is currently participating in the mission, providing intelligence along with other unspecified operations in the Gulf.
According to Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Katz instructed members of the Foreign Ministry to provide assistance in the effort following a recent visit to the United Arab Emirates.
A source from Abu Dhabi told the Israeli publication that the mission was launched in order to tackle the emerging “Iranian threat” that has disrupted trade in the region.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the US to reopen a dialogue with the Tehran, saying that “peace with Iran is the mother of all peace” and “war with Iran is the mother of all wars” as he defended a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.