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TV: No proof of attack in defense establishment probe of Iran link to oil spill

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05.03.2021

Israel’s security establishment is investigating the alleged Iranian link to the oil spill off Israel’s coast that polluted most of the country’s beaches, but has so far found no evidence of the claim that the spill was deliberate “environmental terrorism,” Channel 12 reported Thursday evening.

The network said the Environmental Protection Ministry had handed over its report on the matter to security bodies, which were reviewing its findings. Sources in the defense establishment, however, were quoted as saying there was no indication the spill was deliberate.

The report added that Israel’s intelligence apparatus has now also been recruited to look further into the claim of Iranian sabotage.

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A Libyan-owned ship, the Emerald, was smuggling crude oil from Iran to Syria at the time of the spill, the Environmental Protection Ministry said in a statement Thursday, citing satellite images by the TankerTrackers monitoring group. The ship has since returned to Iran and is currently anchored there.

In an interview with Channel 12, Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel again insisted, without providing proof, that the spill was an Iranian terror attack on Israel, despite having said in an interview Wednesday that she didn’t believe it was deliberate.

“There are people who do not look at the risks........

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