Message to Iran? Israeli Defence Minister Visits HQ of Command Charged With Extraterritorial Ops

Middle East

Israeli officials have urged the Biden administration to scrap plans to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, claiming the agreement would eventually enable the Islamic Republic to build a nuclear bomb. Tehran has dismissed such claims in the past, and pointed out that israel is the only country in the Middle East with an actual nuclear weapons arsenal.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz paid a visit to the Depth Corps – the israel Defence Force (IDF) command charged with carrying out operations far beyond Israel’s borders and deep inside enemy territory in wartime.

The visit took place Sunday, and saw Gantz meeting with Depth Corps commander Itai Veruv and IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi.

“During the visit, the defence minister was shown changes that were made to the Corps since he decided to create it as chief of staff, the Corps’ operational plans, and the readiness of the different units that would carry them out,” his office said in a statement quoted by The Times of Israel.

Gantz reportedly “thanked the soldiers and commanders of the Corps and the units that operate under it for their activities and their preparedness to give a response to a variety of new and challenging operational scenarios that face the State of Israel and the IDF.”

Gantz reactivated the Depth Corps in 2011 while serving as Israel’s defence minister. Before then, the command operated in the 1980s before being subordinated…

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