Early on Wednesday morning, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced that it blocked a ship carrying advanced weapons from Iran to Palestinian militants in Gaza, suggesting that Iran and Israel aren't going to bury the hatchet any time soon.
In a typically irreverent tweet, the IDF's social media team created the hashtag #iranfail while saying they had intercepted the rockets:
Military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said naval forces boarded the Klos-C cargo vessel in international waters in "a complex, covert operation," that occurred roughly 1,000 miles from the Israeli coast. The ship will be taken to the Eilat port within a few days, and Israeli officials say they do not suspect the 17-member crew was aware of the cargo.
According to Reuters, the operation, codenamed "Full Disclosure," uncovered a number of powerful weapons:
Dozens of M302 rockets were found aboard the Klos-C, a weapon which could have struck deep into Israel from Gaza and would have significantly enhanced the firepower of Palestinian militant groups such as Hamas.
Lerner explains that "the M302 in its most advanced model can strike over 100 miles, and if they would have reached Gaza, ultimately that would have meant millions of Israelis under threat." The 100-mile range would put both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv at risk of attack. According to Lerner a months-long operation codenamed "Full Disclosure" tracked the weapons' movement. He explains that the rockets were made in Syria and then sent to Iran. Iranian operatives then shipped the weapons to Iraq, then toward Sudan, and finally via ship to towards the Gaza Strip.