On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the State of Israel of fabricating its story about their recent successful interception of heavy weaponry headed for the Gaza Strip.
Zarif tweeted, “An Iranian ship carrying arms for Gaza. Captured just in time for annual AIPAC anti Iran campaign. Amazing Coincidence! Or same failed lies.” Further details have surfaced that provide compelling information suggesting Iran was indeed involved in the weapons smuggling operation to Gaza.
Later in the day, the Israel Defense Forces released a video showing visual evidence of bags of cement with the stamped inscription, “Made in I.R. IRAN.” Uncovered under the bags of cement were dozens of long-range M-302 missiles, capable of striking a target as far as 125 miles away.
The seized weapons were found after a successful Israeli intelligence operation tracked them to a Panamanian-flagged ship, the Klos-C. Israel Defense Forces had been tracking the arms shipment, believed to have been orchestrated by the Iranian Quds force, a trusted elite unit close to the Ayatollah Khamenei, the “Supreme Leader” of Iran.
The weapons shipment originated in Syria, was transferred to Iran, and was on its way to Sudan. The Israel Defense Forces received intelligence that the missiles were going to be smuggled through the Sinai and into Gaza.
This isn’t the first time the Foreign Minister has been caught in a lie. In September, Zarif went on George Stephanopoulos’ show and told the ABC anchor that reports of Iran’s Supreme Leader denying the Holocaust were a “bad translation” and “taken out of context.” The Middle East Media Research Institute thoroughly debunked Zarif’s claims, noting that the Supreme Leader did indeed categorize the Holocaust as a myth, referring to it as “the myth of the Jewish slaughter known as the Holocaust.”