Top Iranian general vows to ‘annihilate’ Israel

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    No word about those maniacal plans at the UN. I wonder why!!


    These Mulahs are a world problem, in fact madmen. Only one way to deal with them.


    Top Iranian general vows to‘annihilate’ Israel

    Former Basij militia chief says no country canmediate between Tehran and Jewish state: ‘I myself will hoist the flag of theIslamic Revolution in Jerusalem, Allah willing’


    By TOI staff and AP 10 January 2019, 6:56 pm 18


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    MohammadReza Naqdi, right, at a conference in Tehran in July 2012, sitting next toformer Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. (Wikipedia/sayyed shahab-o-dinvajedi/CC BY)


    A topIranian general has said Iran will annihilate Israel, boasted that Iran couldeasily defeat Saudi Arabia, and threatened to overrun American military basesin the Middle East.


    Brig.Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) DeputyCommander for Cultural and Social Affairs, said in a December 28 interview withthe Iraqi television network Al-Nujaba that the “Islamic revolution in Iranwill not back down” from the goal of “wiping out” the Jewish state. Theinterview was translated Wednesday by the Middle East Media Research Institute.


    Naqdi, aformer head of the regime’s Basij militia, insisted in the interview that“Israel must be destroyed and wiped out. There is no doubt that the Zionistsmust be annihilated and destroyed. This will definitely happen.”


    He added:“Neither Russia nor any other country can intermediate between us and theZionists. The Islamic revolution in Iran will not back down even an inch fromits position regarding the wiping out of Israel.”


    He vowedto take part in that effort. “We were, we are, and we will continue to be thesoldiers of Imam Khamenei,” he said, “until our last breath and until the lastdrop of our blood. I myself will hoist the flag of the Islamic Revolution inJerusalem, Allah willing.”

    Iranianleaders routinely call for the destruction of Israel, and the Iranian regimearms and funds terrorist groups that seek Israel’s destruction such asHezbollah and Islamic Jihad, but it is less common for regime figures todirectly declare that Iran will wipe out the Jewish state.


    Hescoffed at the idea that the US would attack Iran. “America will not launch awar against Iran,” he told the interviewer. “If it does — a possibility that Irule out — we will destroy all its military bases in the region. We currentlystand before the gates and barbed wire [surrounding those bases], and if theymake a wrong move, we will cross those barbed wire fences.”


    And hebelittled Saudi military capabilities. Asked if “Saudi Arabia is capable offollowing through with its threats” to attack the Iranian regime, he called theidea “very laughable.”


    “We havea Farsi proverb that goes, ‘You cannot compare an ant to an elephant.’ SaudiArabia is incapable of controlling even its domestic front. It uses fighterplanes to bomb small neighborhoods in Saudi Arabia. I believe that Saudi Arabiais much weaker than you might think. If we gave the order to a division in anyof our 30 provinces, it would be able to defeat and destroy Saudi Arabia. It’strue that Saudi Arabia has many advanced weapons, but it cannot face an armylike Iran’s.”


    OnWednesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Americansanctions are putting pressure on Iran and its people.

    In anunusually forceful speech from the holy city of Qom, Khamenei also mocked Americanleaders, as top US diplomat Mike Pompeo made a tour of the region.

    USPresident Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’snuclear program in May and in November reimposed sanctions on Tehran.


    “Thesanctions do put pressure on the country and the people. The Americans happilysay that these sanctions are unprecedented in history,” Khamenei said,according to a Reuters translation. “Yes, they’re unprecedented. And the defeatthat the Americans will face will be unprecedented, God willing.”


    Iran hasignored Western calls to curb its military development and has pushed aheadwith repeated ballistic missile tests. The Iranian military recently announcedits intention to deploy warships to the western Atlantic off the US coast as acounter to the American military presence in international waters off Iran.


    In anEnglish translation of his remarks posted on his website, Khamenei said “Iranwill overcome sanctions, slap US in face again.”

    Khameneialso cited a story about a US official once predicting he’d celebrate Christmasin Iran to lash out at Americans. “Some US officials pretend that they aremad,” Khamenei said. “Of course I don’t agree with that, but they arefirst-class idiots.”


    Punishingsanctions against Iran over its nuclear program had been curbed as part of a2015 nuclear deal, but were largely re-imposed by the US last year, underTrump, who has taken a hard line toward Iran.


    Trump haslabeled the agreement forged under his predecessor Barack Obama as “defective”and unable to rein in Iranian behavior or halt the Islamic Republic’s quest todevelop nuclear weapons.


    In 2017,Khamenei dismissed remarks by Trump calling Iran a “terrorist” nation as“idiotic.” Last May, after Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal which saw Iranlimit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions,Khamenei told Trump in a speech: “You cannot do a damn thing!”


    Khamenei’scomments Wednesday came as Pompeo visited Iraq. On Tuesday, the US top diplomatthreatened that America would double down on commercial and diplomatic effortsin the coming weeks to “put real pressure on Iran.”


    Khamenei’sremarks to Qom residents were meant to mark the anniversary of religious riotsin 1978 that challenged Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. They would spiral into thenationwide demonstration that saw the shah leave Iran and give rise to the 1979Islamic Revolution. Iranians will commemorate the revolution’s 40th anniversaryin February.

 
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