Israel will eventually go beyond threats and will attack Iran, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Saturday. As speculation mounts that Israel could launch air strikes on Iran before US elections in November, Mohammed Ali Jafari told a news conference that the Jewish state would be destroyed if it took such a step.
Jafari’s comments, made at an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) military exhibition, come as Israeli leaders have increased their rhetoric against Iran. “A war will occur, but it’s not clear where or when it will be,” Jafari was quoted as saying on Saturday. “Israel seeks war with us, but it’s not clear when the war will occur.” “Right now they see war as the only method of confrontation,”
Israel, which bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 and launched a similar strike against Syria in 2007, has threatened to do the same in Iran if diplomatic efforts fail to stop the nuclear work it believes is aimed at getting weapons capability.
Iran, which says its nuclear work is for peaceful means, has said it could strike US military bases in the region as well as Israel if attacked. “If they (Israel) start something, they will be destroyed and it will be the end of the story for them,” Jafari said, according to ISNA. "If the Zionist regime makes such a move, there will no longer be a thing called the Zionist regime,” Revolutionary Guards General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said, according to Iran's Press TV. “The Zionist regime cannot even imagine our response to the military attack of this regime."
A parade, displaying military hardware, marked the anniversary of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. According to Iranian state media, the military displayed Shahab 3, Sejjil, Qadr, Sahab and Zelzal missiles during the parade. Iran has claimed the Shahab 3 has a range that can reach Israel and they have reportedly experimented with integrating a nuclear warhead onto the missile.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Israel of being behind the anti-Islam film that has sparked violent protests in the Muslim world, AFP reported on Friday. Speaking at the military parade in Tehran, Ahmadinejad called the film an Israeli plot "to divide (Muslims) and spark sectarian conflict." Al Qaed has called for attacks on U.S. diplomats and an escalation of protests against the U.S. Ahmadinejad's comments on the anti-Islam film came after Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said earlier this week that the American-made video is tied to "Islamophobic policies of arrogant powers and Zionists."
Leaked military documents report that an Israeli attack will open with a coordinated strike, including an unprecedented cyber-attack which will totally paralyze the Iranian regime and its ability to know what is happening within its boarders. The internet, telephones, radio and television, communications satellites, and fiber optic cables leading to and from critical installations, including underground missiles bases will be taken out of action. The electrical grid throughout Iran will be paralyzed.
It is reported Israel will launch ballistic missiles from Israel and from Israeli submarines with high-explosive ordnance equipped with reinforced tips designed specially to penetrate hardened targets. IAF planes will be armed with electronic warfare gear previously unknown to the wider public. This equipment will render Israeli aircrat invisible. Those Israeli war planes will damage a short-list of targets including the Shihab 3 and Sejil ballistic missile silos, and centrifuge production plants.
There are reports top Israeli military leaders have met with Israel’s Sr. Rabbi, which is something that has happened preceding every prior military campaign. Many believe Israel will attack Iran, with or without the U.S., very soon. Only God knows the future.
Written by Dr. Stephen Johnston, author of “Tea Party Culture War: A clash of worldviews.”
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