According to multiple Friday reports, Iran has warned Israel against joining a military coalition in the Straight of Hormuz.
“Any Israeli involvement in any maritime coalition in the Gulf is a ‘clear threat ‘to Iran’s national security and the Islamic Republic has a right to confront the threat, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Friday, according to a statement on the Foreign Ministry website,” Jerusalem Post said.
Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz reportedly told colleagues in a closed-door meeting that the nation was helping the United States with a Naval mission in the Strait, providing intelligence and other unspecified aid.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran reserves the right to counter this threat and defend its territory within the framework of the country’s deterrence and defensive policy, and will have no hesitation in translating it into action as part of its defensive policies,” Mousavi reportedly said.
Israel declined to comment on its role in the region.
The Strait of Hormuz is a strategic and geographically important area, through which 20 percent of the world’s oil supply travels. Four oil tankers were allegedly sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in May, sparking renewed tensions between the United States and Iran.
Two of the ships were Saudi Arabian, one was Norwegian and one was Emirati.
President Trump blasted Iran on Twitter.
“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran,” he said. “Never threaten the United States again!”