While the Obama administration touts the benefits of peaceful "engagement" with Tehran and excoriates Israel
for advocating strengthened sanctions against its nuclear program, senior Iranian officials openly threaten the Jewish state with annihilation.
The vitriol from Tehran has been on the increase since last weekend, when an Israeli airstrike in Syria killed a senior Iranian commander and five members of the terror group Hezbollah who were believed to be planning an operation targeting Israel.
The Washington Free Beacon
has compiled a listing of these Iranian statements, which followed the death of Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, a senior leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in that Israeli raid.
The IRGC "will remain steadfast on the path to the collapse of the Zionist regime of Israel through its continued support for the Lebanese and Palestinian combatants, but this time its supports will be on a scale larger than its supports during the 33-day and 51-day wars against the Israeli army," Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari,
an IRGC commander, said Tuesday —
referring to recent wars Israel has fought against Hezbollah and Hamas.
"The Zionists must wait for the devastating thunderbolts of the anti-Israel resistance groups in the region," Jafari said, promising a "devastating response" and increased Iranian support for local terrorist groups fighting Israel.
Iran's Minister of Defense, Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan, warned that "the Zionists will receive a crushing response in due time and place," adding that Tehran would use "every means and capacity" to flood the West Bank with weapons to attack Israel.
Maj. Gen. Mostafa Izadi,
deputy chief of staff for logistics of the Iranian Armed Forces, vowed that "Muslim fighters will take a firm and powerful revenge for the blood of these martyrs."
The head of Iran’s Expediency Council, which works closely with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also warned of an attack on Israel.
"The resistance groups are working based on a very specific strategy and they don’t give up that strategy due to such incidents," Mohsen Rezayee
, the secretary of the council and a former IRGC commander, reportedly said.
He said retaliation would occur "in due time."
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