Israeli security estimates suggested that Iranian naval forces were responsible for the attack that took place last Thursday on a cargo ship owned by an Israeli businessman in the Gulf of Oman.
Israeli political and military sources spoke in this regard, in the forefront of which is Benny Gantz, the Israeli Defense Minister, and former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, who said that Iran would receive a harsh response to any attack targeting Israel.
Benny Gantz, the Israeli Defense Minister, suggested that Iran was behind the explosion on a ship owned by an Israeli businessman in the Gulf of Oman earlier this week.
The blast hit the Israeli ship MV Helios Ray as it was heading from the port of Dammam in Saudi Arabia to Singapore last Thursday, according to the dryad global maritime security group
The Israeli Defense Minister added: “The location of the ship during the explosion was close to Iran to some extent, which suggests Iran’s responsibility for the accident, but the matter still needs to be verified.”
“This is a preliminary estimate, in light of the proximity (to Iran) and the context in which the incident occurred,” he continued, while speaking to the official Kan TV channel in Israel.
The owner of the Helios Ray, Ramy Ungar, said the explosion did not result in any loss of life among the ship’s crew or the engine.
He added, “There are two holes with a diameter of about one and a half meters, but it is not clear yet whether these holes are a result of targeting the ship with a missile or targeting it with naval mines.”
“We have no idea whether the accident was a result of tensions between the United States and Iran, or whether the accident was related to the fact that the owner of the sea container is an Israeli,” the company Dryad Global Maritime Security said.
The company suggested that Iran may be behind the explosion, supporting that it came amid escalating tensions between Israel and the Islamic Republic.
Dryad Global added that “there are tensions between Israel and Iran that have shown a sharp escalation in the recent period, despite the rapprochement between Iran and the Biden administration.”
And US President Joe Biden, who took office about five weeks ago, opened the door to resuming negotiations with Tehran over the Iranian nuclear program.
And Washington suggested last week that European allies take over the leadership of the talks aimed at returning the United States to the landmark nuclear deal from which former US President Donald Trump withdrew.
The government of Israel, led by right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, strongly opposes the deal signed between Iran and international powers in 2015.