Iranian army general issued a stark warning to Israel on Monday, according to local media reports. Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, commander-in-chief of Iran’s army, said Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground in case Israel makes a tiniest mistake.
He added that Israeli will not last for longer than 25 years, possibly referring to an earlier statement by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, who said in December 2016 that: “The Zionist regime – as we have already said – will cease to exist in the next 25 years if there is a collective and united struggle by the Palestinians and the Muslims against the Zionists.”
The exchange of threats between Iran and Israel is not rare, as the relations between the two countries remain on the verge of open hostility.
Iran plays an important role in the conflict in Syria, with the regime in Tehran backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against Islamic State and rebel forces. With the aid of Russia and Iranian-backed Shiite militias, Assad’s forces have managed to retake significant territory from ISIS.
Israel, on the other hand, accuses Tehran of supporting terrorism, and views Iran as a threat. The Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015 between Iran and world powers, largely halted the development of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting part of economic sanctions.
U.S President Donald Trump spoke against the deal, but his administration did not propose an alternative.
Trump, a staunch supporter of Israel, slammed Iran during his visit to Saudi Arabia – his first official as President – in June this year.
In the meantime, Russia, Iran and Turkey brokered a truce in Syria in Astana, with the aim of protecting civilians in the war torn country.
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