Iran says it will ‘raze Tel Aviv, Haifa’ if attacked
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Iran says it will ‘raze Tel Aviv, Haifa’ if attacked

After IDF chief says Israel will act as and when necessary, leaders in Tehran shrug off ‘threats by the Zionist regime’

Former Iranian minister of defense Ahmad Vahidi (AP)
Former Iranian minister of defense Ahmad Vahidi (AP)

Two of Iran’s top defense officials on Thursday launched a coordinated rhetorical attack against Israel, saying it couldn’t carry out a successful military attack against the Islamic republic and restating their own ability to “raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

“The constant threats by the Zionist regime against Iran are worthless, and they cannot do anything against our nation because they know that any measure will lead them to full annihilation,” Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi told PressTV during Tehran’s Army Day celebrations.

While Israeli leaders threaten Iran, they won’t take military action against it or its nuclear program, Vahidi stated, because “they know that if they do a damn thing, the Islamic Republic will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

Similar statements were made by Iranian Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi. If the Israelis try “to commit a folly and implement their threat against Iran, we will not hesitate” to respond, he said. Iran doesn’t need any help defending itself against the Zionist regime, he said.

During Israel’s Independence Day celebrations on Tuesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz said Israel could defend itself against any threat, and — if it needed to — would also act against Tehran’s nuclear program.

“The Iranian challenge is very significant and we must approach it with a responsible long-term strategy. We will do what is necessary when it is necessary,” Gantz told Army Radio.

Israel has campaigned in the international community for action against Iran to thwart its rogue nuclear program, and indicated that it cannot be reconciled to a nuclear Iran. So far, US-led international sanctions against oil exports and financial transactions have not deterred the Iranians.

Both the US and Israel have said that all options are being considered to thwart Iran. During his March visit to Jerusalem, President Barack Obama vowed to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapons capability. In an Independence Day interview with The Times of Israel, President Shimon Peres said he was convinced Obama would use force if all other efforts failed to stop Iran.

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