The Defense Minister of Israel, Yoav Gallant, has stated that the new Israeli government has significantly increased the number of strikes on Iranian targets since taking office at the end of last year. At a security conference, Gallant made the most public statement yet about Israeli military operations in Syria. No number of airstrikes was given by him.
According to the Minister, the number of Israeli strikes against Iran in Syria has doubled since he took office. To prevent the Revolutionary Guard from establishing a foothold near Israel’s border, he alleged, Israel is actively targeting Iranian intelligence capabilities in Syria. The Revolutionary Guard, according to Gallant, has been seriously damaged by these strikes.
In order to reach the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean, Iran has been transforming civilian ships into military vessels equipped with drones, missiles, and intelligence-gathering gear, according to Gallant. He cautioned that this is part of Iran’s structured plan, designed to threaten trade and flight routes, both military and civilian and to create a lasting threat in the maritime arena.
Iran is Israel’s worst enemy because it backs anti-Israeli extremists and openly advocates for Israel’s destruction. The country also accuses Iran of trying to develop a nuclear bomb, a charge denied by Iran. Although Israeli officials have admitted to carrying out hundreds of airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria, they have rarely provided specific details.