Iran's Revolutionary Guard says expects Israel to launch war

DUBAI Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:56am EDT

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DUBAI (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.

(Reporting By Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Comments (36)
kenradke11 wrote:
LOL …Israel will attack Iran,s nuclear facilities and yes hell will break loose but you can be sure of one thing and that is that Israel will not be destroyed. Iran will be pulverised beyond recognition AMEN to that!

Sep 22, 2012 7:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jimmy1234 wrote:
Iran does not need to make Nuclear weapon, they cannot use Nuclear weapon on Israel because all the neighbor countries will be destroyed including Palestine.The core issue of Iran and the Muslim world is Palestine.Jews one little tiny country cannot keep the Muslim world away for too long.Israel wants this propaganda to kill thousands of children in Iran by sanctions,exactly they way these sanction kill thousands of children in Iraq.Israel want to keep on steeling Palestinian land and burn their children with phosphorus bomb while keeping the world busy by their propaganda against Iran.

Sep 22, 2012 9:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:
Israel means nothing to 1.5 billion Chinese and 1.2 billion Indians. It means slightly above nothing to the Russians. Those countries would absolutely love for Israel to attack Iran and draw the usa into another global conflict. It would be the best thing possible for them. America would choke to death on oil dependency and Israel would be decimated by its’ surrounding neighbors.

The media has most believing China to be weak, I think the military knows better. If Israel attacks Iran then China ultimately wins sooner rather than later. There is no way the Chinese will let Iran be controlled by america.

Sep 22, 2012 10:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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