Category Archives: Israel

Iranian Military Repeatedly Threatens to Attack Israel | The Tower

High-ranking Iranian military officers have stepped up their rhetorical attacks on Israel in recent days, repeatedly threatening to attack the Jewish state.

Lt. Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), stated on Saturday that Iran would form a new West Bank military front against Israel, stating that “this is part of a new reality that will gradually emerge.”

The threat is the latest in a series of statements by senior Iranian officers in the aftermath of a reported Israeli strike on members of Hezbollah and Iranian military personnel ,including senior members of the IRGC, along the Israel-Syria border.  Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, the head of the IRGC, stated last Tuesday that “the Zionists should prepare themselves for our shattering thunderbolt. They have experienced our rage in the past.” Maj. Gen. Mostafa Izadi, the Iranian Armed Forces’ deputy chief of staff for logistics, declared last Wednesday that “they [Israel] will receive a crushing response” and that “Muslim fighters will take a firm and powerful revenge for the blood of these martyrs.”

Iran’s Fars News reported that Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, commander of Iran’s Basij militia, said, “freedom of Haifa and Tel Aviv is much easier for us than the 33-day and 22-day wars (between Israel and the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance forces) since the Zionist army’s doctrine is based on an offensive strategy and it has spent 60 years of its despicable and evil life with this doctrine.”

The strike occurred on January 18 and killed six Hezbollah members and several Iranians, including Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, an IRGC commander who was reportedly a close confidant of Iranian Supreme leader Ali Khamenei and an expert in ballistic missiles.

Iranian Military Repeatedly Threatens to Attack Israel | The Tower

Israeli aircraft strike positions in Syria – Israeli army | Reuters

Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army artillery positions early on Wednesday, the military said, in retaliation for rockets launched at the Israel-occupied Golan Heights a day earlier.

The strike came amid rising frontier tension 10 days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

The air strike on targets in areas under the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent a clear message, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said in a statement.

Israeli aircraft strike positions in Syria – Israeli army | Reuters

Ya’alon: Iran and Hezbollah seek to start war

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon has said that Iran and Hezbollah sought to start war with Israel in the Golan Heights through carrying out operations such as infiltrating Israeli settlements, targeting Israeli tanks and launching rockets towards Israel, Arabs 48 has reported.

Speaking on Israeli state radio, Ya’alon said that the Syrian and Lebanese governments would pay the price for any operation carried out against Israel in response to the recent Israeli attack on Al-Quneitra in Syrian-controlled Golan Heights, which killed Hezbollah commander General Allahdadi.

He said that Iran is planning to attack Western interests in the region as well as Israeli interests through its control over the Golan Heights.

Ya’alon: Iran and Hezbollah seek to start war

If Iran and Hezbollah were seeking to start a war with Israel but Israel thwarted it, then doesn’t that suggest revenge is going to mean war? And not just any war. An incredibly bad war for Israel.

New Israel-Gaza war in the cards? – Opinion – Jerusalem Post

Wait! I’ve been hearing about threats from Hezbollah and Iran, but now Gaza wants to get back in the game too. It looks like everybody and their brother wants a piece of Israel.

Meanwhile, there are other recent signs that Hamas has been signalling Israel, the larger Arab world and the international community that if it does not get what it wants it may restart a rocket war with the Jewish state.  Hamas’s major demands include international aid, the opening of Gaza’s borders with Egypt and the expansion of a so-called fishing zone in the Mediterranean along the Gaza coast. In the dysfunctional world of the so-called Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sustained rocket fire from the Gaza Strip may be less about Hamas’s ideological war on Jews and more about the Islamist group trying to regain its swiftly declining power in the region.

On Monday, the London Times quoted Israeli intelligence officials as stating that Hamas is manufacturing a “new generation” of rockets and is reconstructing its cross-border tunnels.  The report cited unnamed intelligence officials’ sounding the alarm on dozens of “high trajectory projectiles,” which constitute a “new generation of home-produced rockets” and have been tested by Hamas since September.

In recent months, there have been intermittent reports that Hamas fired rockets into the Mediterranean in a series of drills seemingly deliberately manufactured to capture news media attention. Hamas’s very public rocket testing was most likely addressed to several key audiences.

New Israel-Gaza war in the cards? – Opinion – Jerusalem Post

Iran vows to attack Israel from West Bank | The Times of Israel

Iran has threatened to attack Israel from the West Bank, in retaliation for an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria on Sunday that left 12 Iranian and Hezbollah operatives dead. The airstrike has been attributed to Israel and though Jerusalem has not officially confirmed it, anonymous government sources have admitted as much.

Deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Lt.-Gen. Hossein Salami vowed Saturday to “open new fronts [against Israel] and change the balance of power.” In an excerpt of an interview with Salami, the IRGC’s number two said that Iran and Hezbollah would provide a “special reprisal” to the strike, according to the Tasnim News Agency, adding that opening a new front in the West Bank was in the works.

“Opening up a new front across the West Bank, which is a major section of our dear Palestine, will be certainly on the agenda, and this is part of a new reality that will gradually emerge,” Salami said in the inteview with Iran’s Arabic-language news channel al-Alam.

Iran vows to attack Israel from West Bank | The Times of Israel

Iran Promises to ‘Collapse the Zionist Regime’ Following Airstrike | Washington Free Beacon

Top Iranian military leaders promised to hit Israel with “devastating thunderbolts” vowed to effect the “collapse of the Zionist regime” after Israeli military forces launched a surprise strike on Sunday that killed six Iranian agents, including the top-level commander, and five members of Hezbollah who are believed to have been planning an incursion into the Jewish state.

Iran also vowed to increase military support for Palestinian and Lebanese militants in order to enable more attacks on Israel, according to statements published in the Iranian state-controlled media.

Iranian leaders publicly lashed out at Israel for most of the week after the strike that killed Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi of the IRGC, who was overseeing Iran’s military actions in Syria on behalf of Bashar al-Assad, the country’s embattled president.

Iran Promises to ‘Collapse the Zionist Regime’ Following Airstrike | Washington Free Beacon

It sounds kind of serious this time. Iranian hints suggest some kind of big missile attack is coming. Are they bluffing? Maybe, but better to be safe than sorry.

In 2017 we get a new US president. Obama’s last day in office is January 20, 2017. So the enemies of the US will be looking to cause trouble before Obama leaves office. Don’t be utterly surprised if Iran and its allies make good on their threats to Israel.

Hamas’ Deif reportedly tells Hezbollah’s Nasrallah: Let’s unite against Zionist enemy – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

“All of the forces of resistance must band together and unite against the Zionist enemy and its accomplices,” Deif is reported to have written in the letter.

Israel has acknowledged trying to assassinate Deif during the recent military offensive in Gaza, though there are conflicting reports as to his condition. Hamas insists that Deif is alive.

Hezbollah TV reported that Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas deputy political bureau chief, also sent a letter of support. Al Manar reported that Haniyeh expressed “deepest condolences” to “the families of martyrs” while denouncing “the assassination of enemy leaders.”

Hamas’ Deif reportedly tells Hezbollah’s Nasrallah: Let’s unite against Zionist enemy – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

Iran escalates threats, vows to shower Israel with ‘Shahab’ missiles – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command in the Revolutionary Guards, told Iranian state media on Thursday that his troops are capable of firing Shahab-3 missiles on Israel.

“[Israel] should be waiting for crushing responses,” Salami is quoted as saying.

The Iranian officer said that the Golan attack was an attempt to “change the balance of power in Syria” and help “the takfirist,” a reference to the Islamist elements working to topple the government of Tehran’s key ally, President Bashar Assad.

Iran escalates threats, vows to shower Israel with ‘Shahab’ missiles – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Iranian IRGC chief vows ‘devastating thunderbolts’ on Israel – Israel News, Ynetnews

‘This, Mohammad Ali Jafari said, will be “a new beginning point for the imminent collapse of the Zionist Regime.”‘

After confirming one of its generals was among those killed in an airstrike attributed to Israel in the Syrian Golan on Sunday, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said Tuesday that Israel should expect “devastating thunderbolts” in response to the attack.

This, Mohammad Ali Jafari said, will be “a new beginning point for the imminent collapse of the Zionist Regime.”

Iranian IRGC chief vows ‘devastating thunderbolts’ on Israel – Israel News, Ynetnews

Israeli helicopters targeted 6 Hizballah and Iranian officers as warning that Golan is out of bounds

Two days ago, Hizballah’s General Secretary Hassan Nasrallah issued a reminder that his army has been armed with those same Iranian Fatah-110 missiles since 2006. He also reiterated that those weapons could reach any target on Israeli soil.

Nasrallah was apparently referring to the same missiles’ improved vantage position if they were deployed on the Golan for easier and more accurate launches against Israel.  What he did not say was that the plan that had been cooked up in Tehran was to attach Hizballah crews to the Golan-based missile batteries and shoot them at Israel for the first time from Syrian territory.

It was this plan which the Israeli helicopter must be presumed to have aimed at thwarting.

Israeli helicopters targeted 6 Hizballah and Iranian officers as warning that Golan is out of bounds

Iran Promises ‘Crushing Response’ to Israeli Strike | Washington Free Beacon

“Senior Iranian and Hezbollah commanders were likely planning a sophisticated invasion of Israel’s northern border in the weeks before they were killed by an Israeli airstrike over the weekend, according to Major General Eyal Ben Reuven …”

“The high-level nature of the Iranian and Hezbollah operatives targeted by Israel suggests that an attack on Israel was imminent, according to Reuven …”

Iran on Monday promised that Hezbollah would deliver “crushing response” to the Israeli attack over the weekend, which killed six Iranian agents, including a top-level commander, and five Hezbollah members.

“The experience of the past shows that the resistance current will give a crushing response to the Zionist regime’s terrorist moves with revolutionary determination and in due time and place,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), was quoted as saying.

The Israeli strike came just days after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared that the terror group was preparing for a war in Israel’s northern Galilee region.

It also occurred just a week after Iranian military leaders announced that they are operating missile sites in Syria, which potentially include a nuclear facility.

Senior Iranian and Hezbollah commanders were likely planning a sophisticated invasion of Israel’s northern border in the weeks before they were killed by an Israeli airstrike over the weekend, according to Major General Eyal Ben Reuven, the former deputy head of the Israeli Defense Forces Northern Command.

The accuracy of Israel’s strike and the high-level nature of those Iranian and Hezbollah commanders killed indicates planning for a militant incursion into Israel’s northern region, according to Reuven, who said the airstrike shows a “very high level of intelligence” on Israel’s part.

Iran Promises ‘Crushing Response’ to Israeli Strike | Washington Free Beacon

Since Israel thwarted a planned “sophisticated invasion of Israel’s norther border”, the ideas that pushed Hezbollah and Iran to plan such an invasion in the first place still exist. Only now the revenge will be even more intense – the “crushing response.” The timing of any response is “in due time and place.” That suggests to me that a response will not come immediately.