Iran has again threatened to attack Israel. Iranian National Security Council head Ali Shakhmani said Tuesday that if it continues to hit Iranian assets in Syria, Tehran will strike out at Israel. Iran had no intention of leaving Syria, he said.
“We will use well thought-out strategies and respond appropriately, to teach the lying, criminal leaders of Israel a lesson.” Shakhmani made the comments Tuesday afternoon, as unconfirmed reports said that another Iranian plane had taken off from Tehran on its way to Syria.
The threat Tuesday echoed one from last week, in which Shamkhani said that advanced weapons with “high levels of accuracy are already in the hands of the resistance in Gaza and Lebanon. They are prepared to burn to the ground the [Israeli] foolishness.”
Shamkhani, who was speaking at a conference on space technology in Iran, also referred to the Gonen Segev affair and the Hezbollah terror tunnels. “There has been no greater embarrassment for the Zionist entity,which claims it is advanced technologically and scientifically, than for one of its ministers to spy on them, and the discovery of hundreds of kilometers of tunnels under it.”
Last week, a Lebanese newspaper reported that Iranian forces have been assembling on the Syrian side of the Golan border. In recent weeks, Iranian troops and militia forces associated with Iran – along with Hezbollah forces – have been taking up positions in Syria, very close to the Golan border, Al-Jadid said in the report.
Some of the forces have positioned themselves within Druze villages – creating a dilemma for Israel, which would prefer to avoid attacking villages with Druze populations so as not to alienate its own Druze residents, the report said. The area is one that Iran has been told to stay away from by Russia, the report added.