Galant on Iran: "We may be required to fulfill our duty to defend the integrity of our country" (Nicole Laxby, Defense Ministry Spokesperson)
Defense Minister Yoav Galant sent a threatening message to Iran on Tuesday after it unveiled its first hypersonic missile. "I hear our enemies boasting about various weapons developments. For everything like this, we have a better response – in the air, at sea and on land, in defensive and offensive efforts," Galant said during a visit to Northern Command. "We will know how to defend the citizens of Israel, and how to strike our enemies a decisive blow if, God forbid, they start a war against us."
Galant also sent an explicit threat to Hezbollah, saying that "if Hezbollah makes a mistake and starts a war against Israel, we will beat it severely and return Lebanon to the Stone Age."
The Minister of Defense toured the northern sector today as part of the General Staff exercise "Clenching Fist" and held an assessment of the situation with Commander Uri Gordin, Northern Corps Commander Maj. Gen. Saar Tzur and General Staff Corps Commander Maj. Gen. Moti Baruch. He also visited the exercises held in recent days by the 91st and 36th Northern Divisions.
"We will know how to strike our enemies a decisive blow." Defense Minister Galant (Photo: official website, none)
The missile unveiled by Iran, known as Fatah, is equipped with technologies that are supposed to allow it to evade "all enemy air defense systems," according to Tehran. It was presented during an event attended by President Ebrahim Raisi and senior IRGC officials. According to official Iranian media reports, the missile has a range of up to 1,400 kilometers.
Hypersonic missiles can fly five times faster than the speed of sound and in complex trajectories, making them harder to intercept than other missiles. In recent years, many countries have begun to develop missiles of this type, which are used by Russia in its war in Ukraine.
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"We have a better response." The missile unveiled by Iran (Photo: official website, IRNA)
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Tehran often announces technological achievements in the missile field, in which it invests considerable resources, but it is difficult to verify their true capabilities. Iran claims that its missile program is for defensive purposes only, but Western countries and Israel fear that it may also use its extensive arsenal as a means of launching nuclear weapons.
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