Following a report on Tuesday by Israel’s Foreign Minister announcing IDFs involvement in the US-led naval operation to neutralize the “Iranian threat” in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran’s Defense Ministry warned of “disastrous consequences” should it be true.
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.
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.
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.
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 Yediot 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.