Former Israeli Naval Chief: Iran is Leading Weapons Smuggler in Middle East

The former head of Israel’s navy told a conference yesterday that Iran was the leading arms smuggler to the Middle East, and that Israel was engaged in an “ongoing secret war between Israel and terrorist organizations and the evil axis led by Iran,” to fight that threat.

Vice Admiral Eliezer (Chiney) Marom spoke at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York:

“Iran is leading the [weapons] smuggling industry in the Middle East,” Marom told participants at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York. “Iran is a very, very dangerous country.”

Marom added that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “smiles at your face and lies” while his country continues to build its nuclear weapons program.

Marom explained that “the IDF had developed a military and intelligence structure over the past 10 to 15 years to adapt to a changing region.” During that time the IDF has intercepted a number of Iranian sponsored arms-smuggling ships including the Karine A and, earlier this year, the Klos C.

Marom advocates a strategy of intercepting and destroying potentially game changing weapons – by land or by sea – a view he articulated in an op-ed last month.

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