Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Iranian general threatens to 'annihilate' Israel

Iranian general threatens to 'annihilate' Israel

Israel now expects Russian Federation to intervene in the matter and accept its red lines, rejecting any Iranian military presence in Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday warned Iran that Israeli would "exact a heavy price" from whoever sought to harm its people.

Things deteriorated two weeks ago when Israel bombed an Iranian air base in Damascus known as T4, killing 14 persons including 7 Iranian officers.

The remark came in the wake of an interview Zarif gave to US' CBS TV news.

Several pro-regime Syrian sources and a Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese outlet later indicated the likely Israeli involvement in the strike, which targeted the same airbase hit by Israel in February after an Iranian drone breached the Jewish state's airspace.

Iran, along with Damascus and its big-power backer Russian Federation, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on a Syrian air base, T-4, that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members.

Zarif's comments come after senior Iranian officials threatened Israel with annihilation over the weekend.

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Iran wanted to install the Tor defense system in response to an Israeli airstrike on the T-4 base earlier this year, intelligence officials said.

Last Monday, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said his country will sooner or later respond to the recent crime and aggression of Israel.

While not claiming responsibility for the T-4 strike, Israel has restated a policy of preventing Iran setting up a Syrian garrison.

"We have learned methods of overcoming our enemies", he added.

As Iran stepped up it threats against Israel, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Tehran over the weekend not to even consider an attack on the Jewish state, which he said has never been better prepared to counter Iran. Israeli officials have repeatedly stated that Israel will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria, marking it as a "red line" that it will fight for militarily if necessary.

Then in February, thousands of U.S. troops came to Israel for five days of drilling together with the IDF and IAF in the biennial Juniper Cobra exercise, which involved a simulation of a two-front, massive missile attack on the Jewish state.

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