Hossein Ebrahimi, a senior member of the Tehran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, warned Saturday that Iran’s response to a possible attack by Israel will be “crushing.”
“Before (being able to take) any action against Iran, the Israelis will feel our wrath in Tel Aviv,” he told the State-run IRNA news agency.
Ebrahimi noted that “since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, the US, UK and Israel have frequently threatened Iran… This is not a new development.”
Iran, he added, assessed Israel’s military capabilities during the Second Lebanon War, “and found it to be weak.”
“The Israelis entered the (Lebanon) war with the capabilities they had but earned nothing but humiliation,” Ebrahimi said. “I do not think that Israelis along with the Americans and Britons will commit such a folly.”
“If the threat is carried out they will see the political might of the (Islamic) establishment, the solidarity of the Iranian nation, and the strength of the country,” he added.
“The Iranian regime is insane,” a Tehran-based blogger told Ynet on Saturday.
Hamid (alias) said that Israel should, nevertheless, take the threats uttered by the Islamic Republic’s leaders seriously: “We are used to such threats… The Iranian people are not afraid – they have no reason to be. We know that if the Revolutionary Guards sense any real threat, they will launch world war three. Israel knows better than to want that.”
Hamid said that in the event of an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Tehran’s army will immediately launch rockets at Israel, while its navy will attack US navy ships in the Persian Gulf.
The regime, he added, may also choose to fire rockets at Iraq, Afghanistan and even Europe. “The regime is insane – tell Mr. Netanyahu not to attack.”
Hamid ventured that any attack would only boost the Iranian people’s support of the ayatollah’s regime – which already enjoys a 70% approval rate.
Iran, he concluded, “should pursue nuclear technology only in order to be perceived as a (nuclear) power in the eyes of the West.”
Daily Archives: November 6, 2011
The UN General Assembly’s First Committee has endorsed an Iran-sponsored resolution on nuclear disarmament despite attempts by the US and the Israeli regime to kill the bid. The committee, which focuses on disarmament and international security issues, approved the resolution with 107 votes on October 31, despite strong opposition and negative campaigning by the US, the Tel Aviv regime as well as some European governments, IRNA reported. The resolution calls for the implementation of pledges made at the three most recent Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conferences. It also reiterates the urgency for a nuclear-free Middle East and demands that the Israeli regime must sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). Israel, widely believed to be the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East with over 200 undeclared nuclear warheads, pursues the policy of “deliberate ambiguity” for its nuclear program. Tel Aviv has so far rejected all global demands to join the NPT and does not allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to inspect and monitor its controversial nuclear program. The Israeli regime has never denied or confirmed the existence of its nuclear arsenal as part of its long-held ‘nuclear ambiguity’ policy. Despite international objections to such dubious policy, the UN and its nuclear regulatory agencies have never taken serious steps to censure or impose sanctions on the defiant regime. Tehran has also proposed a draft resolution on missiles, which is to be discussed in the committee’s next session. GHN/MB
‘Occupy Boston’ protesters in the US have stormed the Israeli consulate in the city and held a brief sit-in in the building’s lobby, Press TV reports. On Friday, activists gathered calling for the liberation of Palestine, angry at Israel for intercepting an aid flotilla on its way to the besieged Gaza Strip. Protesters chanted slogans such as, “not another nickel, not another dime! No more money for Israel’s crimes” and “Vive viva Palestina,” demanding the departure of Israeli consulate officials from the US. The protest is part of a global movement against social and economic inequalities, and corporate greed. Participants made clear that they are not anti-Semites, but anti-Zionists, critical of the Israeli government’s current policies. The “Occupy” movement emerged after a group of Americans on September 17 gathered in New York’s financial district to protest against the unjust distribution of wealth in the US and the excessive influence of big corporations on the American politics. Despite mass arrests and widespread police crackdown, the movement has now spread to major US cities, as well as to other countries, including Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal. SZH/PKH/HGH
British military chief General Sir David Richards has secretly visited Tel Aviv earlier this week, the Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post quoted the regime’s military sources as saying. Richards who is Britain’s Chief of the Defense Staff reportedly held several meetings with the senior commanders of the Israeli regime’s army though there are no details on the subject of his talks. He also visited the northern parts of the Israeli occupied territories at the regime’s borders with Lebanon. The secret visit comes as Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are reportedly making efforts to rally enough support in the cabinet to launch a military attack on Iran though an Israeli minister has dismissed a conflict as imminent. “This issue [of military attack on Iran] should be discussed by the cabinet and put to the vote. But this event has not been taking place yet,” said the minister, who is a member of the eight-member ‘intracabinet’ group opposed to an attack on Iran. Moreover, after it emerged that Richards secretly met with Israel’s military and intelligence senior staff, Barak arrived in London on Wednesday to meet with Richards and Britain’s Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and National Security Adviser Sir Peter Ricketts. The British media have also reported that Britain is developing plans for military action against Iran through deploying cruise missile-armed submarines and warships near the country’s waters to help a possible US strike. This comes as it is widely believed that the media hype about an imminent attack on Iran is part of the psychological warfare over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program. Nevertheless, Iran has categorically announced that its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has never been able to provide any evidence indicating that Iran’s nuclear activities are military oriented. Meanwhile, Iranian officials have repeatedly pledged that any attack on the country will be costly to the aggressors. AMR/ISH/HE