How Israel’s Defense Minister Embarrassed NATO Over Iran

Benny Gantz hoped to goad the UN Security Council to move against Iran. But his murky message just embarrassed the NATO ambassadors right in front of the representatives of Russia and China

Yossi Melman
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During a briefing with the ambassadors to Israel of the 15 members of the UN Security Council, Defense Minister Benny Gantz made a strange, some might say disdainful, remark about NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The briefing, in which Foreign Minister Yair Lapid also participated, was after Iran’s attack against the ship Mercer Street, which is partially owned by the Ofer family, killing its Romanian captain and British security officer.

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