Zarif in Indonesia

Iran’s foreign minister slammed the Israeli prime minister and said the Israeli allegation that Iran has sent weapons to Hamas is a “lie.”

Speaking in the Indonesian capital on Friday March 7, Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the timing of the alleged discovery of weapons shipment to coincide with Mr. Netanyahu’s trip to the United States makes the whole affair highly suspect.

The Israeli navy claimed on Wednesday that it has intercepted a shipment of rockets headed for Palestinian paramilitary forces in the Gaza Strip. Israel Defence Forces said the weapons were identified as Syrian-manufactured and added that their intelligence revealed they had come from Iran.

The allegations were denied earlier by Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs, who said: "This allegation is merely based on repetitious and baseless fabrications of the Zionist media.”

Benjamin Netanyahu has attacked the recent thawing of relations between Iran and the international community and insists that the nuclear negotiations could threaten his country.