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Gallant: Israel will defend itself against Iranian terrorism

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant held a situational assessment meeting with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi and other officials.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and two major generals discuss the Iranian threat, April 7, 2024. Photo by Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defense.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and two major generals discuss the Iranian threat, April 7, 2024. Photo by Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defense.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Saturday night conducted a situational assessment with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi and other security officials.

“In recent days we have strengthened our defensive and offensive array and we are determined to take any measures required to defend the citizens of the State of Israel,” Gallant said in a statement on Saturday evening.

“We have added new capabilities—on land, in the air, at sea, in our Intelligence Directorate, within the State of Israel and together with our partners, led by the United States,” he said.

“Iran is a terrorist state—the world is seeing this now more than ever. We are determined to defend our citizens against this terrorism, and we will know how to respond to it,” said Gallant.

Iran dispatched dozens of unmanned aerial vehicles from its territory towards Israel on Saturday night, in a much-anticipated response to the April 1 killing of several IRGC officers in Syria.

The drones were expected to take several hours to reach their targets in the Jewish state.

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