Israel’s Bennett Says Tel Aviv Keeps Option Open to ‘Act Alone’ Against Iran After Tanker Attack

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Tehran has flatly denied having anything to do with the attack on the Mercer Street, an oil tanker managed by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer. The vessel was struck in the Gulf of Oman on 29 July, killing its Romanian national captain and a British national. Western powers have threatened to join israel in ‘punishing’ Iran.

israel does not rule out acting alone in its response to Iran over the Mercer Street tanker attack, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has indicated.

Iran knows the price that we’ll exact when someone threatens our security,” he added.

The prime minister made the comments Tuesday during a visit to the Northern Command.

Bennett’s remarks come amid growing consolidation among Israel’s Western allies in expressing support for Tel Aviv and condemning Tehran over its suspected role in the tanker attack.

NATO issued a statement Tuesday saying that it “strongly” condemns the recent attack on the Mercer Street, and blasting Iran, which the alliance said the US, the UK and Romania had concluded was “highly likely responsible” for the incident. 

“Allies remain concerned by Iran’s destabilising actions in the region, and call on Tehran to respect its international obligations,” the bloc said.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has led the charge among Western powers in expressing support to Israel and criticising Tehran, reiterated Tuesday that London believes the Mercer Street attack “was a…

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