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Former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan yesterday said the media blew the Ofer Brothers Group Iranian tank affair out of proportion.

Last week the U.S. State Department announced sanctions on the Israeli business group and a Singapore-based subsidy, Tanker Pacific, for their roles in a September 2010 transaction that provided Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines with a tanker.

The Ofer group has denied the allegation, but no Israeli government agency has come forward to confirm that the state could vouch for it.

Sources close to the group say they have contacted the defense and foreign ministries to help them remove the Ofer Bros. Group from the U.S. blacklist. This claim could also not be confirmed by official Israeli sources.

Both the defense and foreign ministries have indicated that they do not intend to intercede on behalf of the company.