(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week toured a display of Syrian-made missiles that were recently intercepted by the Israeli Navy on a Gaza-bound ship from Iran. The missiles are being displayed in the port of Eilat.
“Iran, a brutal regime, has not abandoned its deep involvement in terrorism, its systematic efforts to undermine peace and security throughout the Middle East, and its ambition to destroy the state of Israel,” Netanyahu said.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, the weaponry on board the seized Iranian ship included dozens of M-302 missiles, which have a range of 62-124 miles. The weapons were originally flown from Syria to Iran. From Iran, they were shipped by boat to Iraq. The shipment was intercepted while it was being moved by boat from Iraq to Sudan, from where the weapons would have been smuggled to Gaza.
Meanwhile, White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters that pursuing a diplomatic resolution with Iran on its nuclear program is still appropriate even after Israel’s interception of a ship containing Syrian-made missiles on the way from Tehran to Gaza.