After Syria strike, Gantz vows to stem Iranian transfer of ‘advanced capabilities’


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After Syria strike, Gantz vows to stem Iranian transfer of ‘advanced capabilities’
Defense minister hints at recent raid attributed to Israel that ‘completely destroyed’ facility in Masyaf, says IDF preparing against Hezbollah and Hamas in Lebanon
By Emanuel Fabian
16 May 2022

Days after a reported Israeli airstrike in Syria, Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday vowed to prevent Iran from transferring “advanced capabilities” to other entities in the region. “The State of Israel will continue to act against any enemy that threatens it, and prevent the transfer of advanced capabilities from Iran that endanger the citizens of Israel and harm the stability of the entire region,” Gantz said during a visit to the military’s Northern Command.

Israel has long accused Iran of transferring advanced munitions to the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group, via Syria. At the same time, Syria has also improved its air defense capabilities, in part due to upgraded Iranian-made components, according to military officials. Gantz said Israel was continuing to push ahead with defensive measures in the north. The Defense Ministry in recent months has started construction of hundreds of bomb shelters for Israeli citizens in northern towns who currently do not have access to functioning ones.

On Monday, the Israel Defense Forces continued its month long “Chariots of Fire” exercise, including a military drill within the northern city of Haifa.