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Israel displays rockets seized in Red Sea raid, levels accusations against Iran

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An Israeli military policewoman stands in front of a display of rockets seized from the Panama-flagged KLOS C civilian cargo ship that Israel intercepted last Wednesday, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) off the coast of Sudan, at a military port in the Red Sea city of Eilat, southern Israel, Monday, March 10, 2014. Israel has alleged the shipment was orchestrated by Iran and was intended for Islamic militants in Gaza, a claim denied by Iran and the rockets' purported recipients. Israel's military says the cargo ship carried 40 rockets with a range of up to 160 kilometers (100 miles) and dozens of mortar shells. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) (The Associated Press)

Israel's prime minister is inspecting dozens of rockets on a ship that navy commandos intercepted in the Red Sea last week, allegedly on their way from Iran to the Gaza Strip.

Benjamin Netanyahu's tour of the seized weapons on Monday is part of a PR blitz aimed at persuading the international community to toughen its position in nuclear talks. Netanyahu says the shipment shows that Iran's new leadership cannot be trusted.

World leaders have shown little reaction to last week's raid, signaling that Netanyahu faces a tough sell.

Iran has denied being behind the shipment, and militant groups in Gaza say they were not connected to the weapons.

Israel believes Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon and fears the negotiations will leave much of Iran's nuclear program intact.