Israel prepared to strike Iran nuke sites
In his first sit-down interview with an American news outlet, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Friday that Israel has updated its target list and is preparing to strike Iranian nuclear sites if the world does not act to stop Iran’s nuclear development.
Speaking with Fox News reporter Trey Yingst, Gantz said Israel has found numerous targets in Iran that would slow its nuclear development if attacked.
“If the world stops them before, it’s very much good,” Gantz said. “But if not, we must stand independently and we must defend ourselves by ourselves.”
Yingst tweeted a segment of their interview, in which Gantz said Israel has identified thousands of rocket sites targets along the Israeli border with Lebanon, including many that are in civilian areas.
“EXCLUSIVE: Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz shows Fox News a classified target map, revealing Hezbollah missiles amid civilian infrastructure,” Yingst tweeted.
During the interview, Gantz also said Israel anticipates attacks by Iran through proxies in Syria and Lebanon. Gantz said the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has hundreds of thousands of rockets.
In its annual intelligence briefing, the Israel Defense Forces saidthey are preparing for several days of fighting with Hezbollah. Local media reported the IDF could hit 3,000 Lebanese targets would be hit every day and has an aim to kill 300 Hezbollah fighters every 24 hours.
Gantz said Israel could also be expected to continue strikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria, which he said are helping move weapons into Lebanon.
The Lebanese and Syrian rockets ware ones Iran is likely to launch in retaliation for taking out its nuclear sites. Israel might attack the nuclear sites and the missile sites at the same time to disrupt the Iranian plan.