Iran's Revolutionary Guard says expects Israel to launch war

Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:55am EDT

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DUBAI, Sept 22 (Reuters) - 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 U.S. elections in November, Mohammad Ali Jafari told a news conference that the Jewish state would be destroyed if it took such a step.

"Their threats only prove that their enmity with Islam and the revolution is serious, and eventually this enmity will lead to physical conflict," Jafari said when asked about Israeli threats to strike Iran's nuclear facilities, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported.

"We are making all efforts to increase our defensive capabilities so that if there is an attack ... we could defend ourselves and other countries that need our help with high defensive capabilities."

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," he said.

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 U.S. 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.

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andrewcorsi wrote:
Iran says it will destroy Israel. (Is that a threat?) Ahmedinajad says Iran will wipe Israel off the map. (Is that a threat?) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, “The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor and it will be removed.”(Is that a threat?)
Israel has had nuclear bombs (completed, manufactured A-bombs) since 1954 and has NEVER threatened to use them against any nation for the past 58 years. Iran doesn’t even yet have one bomb, and it is already threatening to use nuclear bombs against the United States and Israel.

Yet, this article begins with Iran announcing that Israel is threatening them. “Israeli threats will lead to physical conflict – IRGC head.”
After Israel hits Iran, The New York Tiomes and many other news propagandists will announce that aggressive Israel has hurt the poor people of Irna who were only trying to build a plant for nuclear energy.

Sep 22, 2012 12:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Projapati wrote:
USA DOESN’T work for Israel, we aren’t their lapdog. If “God” told them to move into a small postage stamp of land in an entirely hostile Muslim Region, they should have their own defense plans (or ability to form good relations) with their neighbors. They can draw all the red lines they want, then use all of the FREE military aircraft, warheads, plus 10 billion dollars annually they steal from American taxpayers- not to mention the secret nukes they already possess but won’t admit. Clean up your own problems, Israel. Leave us out this time. Afghanistan and Iraq were enough. Thank you!

Sep 23, 2012 1:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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