Iran Threatens to Destroy Tel Aviv, If Attacked

YERUSHALAYIM -

A senior official in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) threatened that, in the event Israel launches an attack on his country’s nuclear facilities, Tel Aviv would be destroyed instantly.

The Islamic Republic’s missiles will hit the heart of Tel Aviv, “even before the Zionists’ missiles will reach us,” he claimed, according to Iranian media.

“If the Zionists were certain that they could win a war against us, they’d have initiated one by now, but since they don’t have the strength to do so, they do nothing but threaten,” said Mojtaba Zolnour, who represents Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the IRGC.

Zolnour’s comments apparently came in response to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who said Friday that Israel was doing too much talking about Iran. “If you want to shoot, shoot, don’t talk,” he said, in a swipe at Netanyahu.

Lieberman recalled that when Prime Minister Menachem Begin decided to blow up Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor at Osirak in 1981, “we woke up the next morning” to hear about it for the first time. Similarly, in 2007, when Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reportedly ordered the strike on the Syrian nuclear reactor, “there was no talk about it” ahead of time, he said.