Israel, UK, US say Iran behind tanker bombing, plan response


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Israel, UK, US say Iran behind tanker bombing, plan response
PM says Israeli intel has proof Iran bombed vessel near Iran after Tehran denies involvement.
AUGUST 1, 2021

The US, UK and Israel are all certain Iran is behind the attack on the Mercer Street ship and plan to work on a joint response to it. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab all made statements that Iran was behind Friday’s deadly bombing off the coast of Oman, hours after Iran denied involvement, a move that the prime minister called “cowardly.”

“I determine, with absolute certainty: Iran carried out the attack against the ship,” Bennett stated at the start of a cabinet meeting. “The intelligence evidence for this exists, and we expect the international community will make it clear to the Iranian regime that they have made a serious mistake.

“In any case, we know how to send a message to Iran in our own way. Iran’s thuggishness endangers not only Israel, but also harms global interests, namely freedom of navigation and international trade.” Bennett said Iran used unmanned aircraft (UAVs) to attack the ship, which it viewed as an Israeli target. Mercer Street is a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned vessel managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime.