I’ll take a wild guess and say it probably isn’t.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed mock-surprise Thursday that Israel announced its capture of an Iranian arms ship during the annual AIPAC conference.
“An Iranian ship carrying arms for Gaza. Captured just in time for annual AIPAC anti Iran campaign. Amazing Coincidence! Or same failed lies,” Zarif wrote on his English Twitter account.
The secretive and complex operation was carried out several hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to theannual AIPAC conference in the US. In his speech, Netanyahu called Iran a terror state that must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons, and pledged that he would do whatever it took to protect Israel.
Warning the international community against Iran’s Israeli-dubbed “charm offensive,” Netanyahu said Tehran “wheels out its smiling president and its smooth-talking foreign minister. But if you listen to their words, their soothing words, they don’t square with Iran’s aggressive actions.”
“Why doesn’t it divulge the secrets of its military nuclear activities? … Iran says it’s not building nuclear weapons. So why does it continue to build ICBMs, intercontinental ballistic missiles, whose only purpose is to carry nuclear warheads?”
The IDF said Wednesday that it seized an Iranian ship carrying advanced weapons destined for Gaza on Tuesday night and towed it to the Eilat port. Elite troops from the Navy’s Shayetet 13 unit boarded the ship in open waters on the maritime border of Sudan and Eritrea, some 1,500 kilometers south of Israel.