Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman took aim at Iran, saying Israel would respond to any Iranian threat, ahead of a meeting with senior American officials in Washington.
“If Iran strikes Tel Aviv, Israel will hit Tehran and destroy any Iranian military site in Syria that threatens Israel,” he told London-based Saudi newspaper Elaph on Thursday.
Liberman said Israel is not interested in any wars, but will pay any price to prevent an Iranian presence in Syria.
The defense minister also said that Israel is engaged in dialogue with unnamed Arab countries, but did not specify which countries. “Things are moving in the right direction,” he said. “There is an understanding on 75 percent of things.” Liberman called for a constructive dialogue and full understanding with the Arab states on the regional issues.
He also said he believes that the current Iranian regime is in its final days, and that the presumed United States withdrawal from the nuclear deal on May 12th will lead to the economic collapse of Iran. This is where the Iranian regime has been weakened, Liberman suggested, as it has so far spent more than $13 billion in Syria and spends $2 billion a year on Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other “terrorist” militias
The deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards responded on Wednesday afternoon, commenting that “Iran is capable of attacking the strategic depth of its enemies, and Israel is living in anxiety because of the existence of Islamic forces on its borders.”
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Muslim nations to unite against the US, saying Tehran would never yield to “bullying,” state television reported on Thursday. “The Iranian nation has successfully resisted bullying attempts by America and other arrogant powers and we will continue to resist… All Muslim nations should stand united against America and other enemies,” he said.
“Such remarks are humiliation for Muslims… Unfortunately there is war in our region between Muslim countries. The backward governments of some Muslim countries are fighting with other countries,” Khamenei said.
Reported by: Avraha Gold – The Jerusalem Post