Israel has been in a “war” with Iran for years over its nuclear program, with both sides accusing the other of attempting to “steal” the deal.
In an interview with The Jerusalem Report, Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said it is “impossible to ignore the fact that we are fighting an enemy that has declared war on Israel, which has waged a campaign against the Jewish state, which seeks to destroy it, and whose goal is to destroy us”.
“It is not a war.
It is a war of survival,” Zakharov said.”
We are fighting against an enemy who has declared a war on us and has already taken measures to make it as difficult for us as possible.”
In recent months, Israel has intensified its military actions against Iran, targeting its nuclear facilities and weapons installations.
On Friday, the country’s army said it had destroyed a nuclear reactor and sent in troops to a military base in southern Israel.
It said in a statement that the nuclear plant, which was discovered by Israel in November, was one of six in Iran’s strategic nuclear enrichment facility and that its destruction was part of a series of military actions.
Israel has been accused by its neighbours of being the only country in the world to conduct covert nuclear tests in defiance of international law.
Israel’s military also says it has the right to conduct military operations in its own territory.
Israel launched the first wave of air strikes in Gaza in the summer of 2016 after the Islamist group Hamas launched rockets towards it from the Gaza Strip.
Israel and its neighbours are also battling a surge of violence across the Middle East, with the Palestinian militant group Hamas claiming responsibility for dozens of recent attacks and killings.
Israel accuses Hamas of carrying out many of the attacks.
The Gaza Strip is home to a large Palestinian population, many of whom are Sunni Muslims.
Israel has accused Hamas of orchestrating attacks to target civilians.
Israel says it launched the operation to deter Hamas from launching rockets toward it, but Palestinians accuse Israel of having carried out the operation.
The operation has been repeatedly criticised by the UN and the International Criminal Court, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently describing it as “an act of war”.
“The escalation of violence is unacceptable.
I hope that it will not go on,” Netanyahu told reporters in New York.”
If this continues, it will lead to an escalation of hostilities.
It will lead the world into a new phase of conflict.”