A senior Israeli minister has called Iran a “legitimate target” in the ongoing and expanding war in the Middle East. Economy Minister Nir Barkat has told The Telegraph that there are fears arising of an armed conflict with Tehran.
“Iran is a legitimate target for Israel,” said Barkat. “They will not get away with it. The head of the snake is Tehran. “My recommendation is to adopt the strategy that President Kennedy used in the Cuban Missile Crisis. What he basically said then was, ‘A missile from Cuba will be answered with a missile to Moscow,’” the minister added, referring to the 1962 standoff between the United States and the USSR (Soviet Union).
This is just more rhetoric in an ever-increasingly tense situation. The Middle East could explode at any moment, especially considering Barkat added that the violent war in Gaza is not being fought with enough aggression by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who blamed Iran for standing behind the militant groups in Gaza, agrees with Barkat’s assessment of Iran. Netanyahu claimed that Israel was already carrying out direct attacks on Iran. “Iran is the head of the octopus and you see its tentacles all around from the Houthis to Hezbollah to Hamas,” said the prime minister, according to a report by RT.
Israel continues to claim that Iran was involved in plotting the October 7th attacks, when around 1,200 people were killed and more than 200 taken hostage in the surprise Hamas raid near Gaza. These attacks have led to the war between Hamas and Israel. Iran has repeatedly denied having any role in the Hamas assault on Israel, with Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani saying such accusations were “based on political reasons.”
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