According to gantz, one of the sites is located in the area of chabahar and the other is situated on kesham island. Just off the coast of the iranian mainland, over the past year, israel and iran have been engaged in something of a shadow war at sea with tehran, allegedly conducting a number of attacks on israeli owned or israeli linked vessels sailing through the persian gulf in the gulf Of oman, including one such strike in july on the mercer street, an oil tanker that was owned by an israeli businessman in which a british and a romanian crew member were killed. Gantz warned that irans drone program was a threat not only to israel but to the entire region. We have seen the attack on aramco, the launching of drones from syria, the attempts by iran to build capabilities for hezbollah to precisely launch explosive drones at israel. He said referring to a massive attack on the saudi petroleum company aramco in 2019, with drones and cruise missiles. The defense ministers remarks came less than a week before indirect talks are due to resume between iran and the united states regarding a mutual return to the 2015 nuclear deal. Israel has staunchly advocated against an american return to the accord which jerusalem believes is far too weak and ultimately paves the way to an iranian nuclear weapons. Israeli officials have instead called for a different, harsher diplomatic approach, backed up by the credible threat of a military strike.

On irans nuclear program, the u.s has reportedly rejected israels activities against iranian nuclear facilities, believing such actions to be ultimately unhelpful, as they only serve to encourage tehran to upgrade those facilities. In response gantt says, speech on tuesday marked the second time in recent months that he has exposed the locations of iranian drone bases. In september, he identified an iranian drone base in the central area of kashan north of the city of isfahan, which he said was used.–w2l8