TEHRAN – A senior general in Iran's Revolutionary Guards issued a blunt warning Tuesday to Israel, saying Iranian forces and weaponry "can destroy all points controlled by" Israel, with "any volume of firepower."
General Hassan Salami made the declaration during a conference on the role of the Islamic religion on global power relations, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Salami credited Islam with giving Iran its military force, which could target Israel from "a thousand and a few hundred kilometers," which contrasted with other states that had firepower but no "faith" or desire to destroy Israel.
Those other states, he said without specifying, had turned into "anchors" for Israel. Salami said Iran shared its "ideals" with the Palestinians, and "we like to sacrifice ourselves on the path of the Palestinian people's ideal."
Another senior officer to address the conference Tuesday was the head of Iran's navy, Admiral Habibollah Sayyari. He said Iran had a right to be present in international waters, and this was no "military posture" as suggested by Western media. He also denied reports of Israel seizing a ship allegedly taking arms to the Hamas administration in Gaza, as part of Israel's usual policy of "demonizing Iran," IRNA reported.
The Israeli military posted this video it says describes the operation.
Crunched by Ahmad Shayegan