Iranian army chief issues new threat to Israel on eve of Trump-Netanyahu visit – Forward Observer Shop

Iranian army chief issues new threat to Israel on eve of Trump-Netanyahu visit

Army Commander in Chief, Major General Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi threatened to destroy Israel “with lightning speed” ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which the two leaders are expected to discuss Iran’s burgeoning presence in Syria and the White House’s expected decertification of Tehran’s compliance with the so-called “nuclear deal.”

“We will destroy the Zionist entity at lightning speed, and thus shorten the 25 years it still has left,” Mousavi was quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency in reference to a recurring threat by the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to annihilate Israel in the next quarter century.  

“I warn the [Zionist] entity not to make any stupid move against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Mousavi added. “Every [such] stupid act will [make us] turn Tel Aviv and Haifa into dust.”

Both Trump and Netanyahu have never been supportive of the Obama-negotiated deal, which ostensibly pushes back Iran’s nuclear weapons development but which critics have derided as paying Iran to cheat. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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