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Iranian cleric: Tel Aviv, Haifa will be destroyed if Israel behaves ‘foolishly’

A leading Iranian cleric says Tel Aviv and Haifa will be destroyed if Israel behaves “foolishly,” while also vowing Iran will ramp up missile development despite Western criticism.

“We will expand our missile capabilities despite Western pressure (to curb it) …. to let Israel know that if it acts foolishly, Tel Aviv and Haifa will be totally destroyed,” Reuters quotes Ahmad Khatami as saying during Friday prayers.

His comments come after the Israeli military said it destroyed a significant chunk of Iran’s military assets in Syria earlier this week in response to Iranian rocket fire on the Golan Heights.

Iranian senior cleric Ahmad Khatami delivers his sermon during Friday prayer ceremony in Tehran, Iran, on January 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

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