Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said during an interview with the Iranian Shargh daily, which was published on June 2, that the raise of terrorism in the Middle East gave Israel “incredible golden years of security.”
“Now, with the defeat of Takfiri terrorists in Syria and Iraq, which Israel sees the result of Iran’s role, those golden days have ended and once again Palestine has turned into the first issue in the Muslim world,” Shamkhani said, according to the Iranian Press TV.
When asked about the Iranian military presence in Syria, Shamkhani stressed that Iran does not have any military bases in the war torn country, but confirmed that Iranian military advisers are assisting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) upon the request of the Damascus government.
During the last two months Israel carried out several airstrikes on what Israeli media described as bases of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria. On April 9, at least 7 Iranian service members were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Syria’s T4 Airbase.
In the interview, Shamkhani warned Israel and said that the time for such “hit-and-run” attacks is over. The Iranian official also praised the Syrian rocket strike on the Israeli military on May 9, which was a response for the Israeli airstrike on T4 Airbase.
“This issue is an honor for the Arab and Muslim world. It also has another message that the era of ‘hit-and-run’ has ended and the regime should be responsible for its behavior,” Shamkhani pointed out during the interview.
Shamkhani’s statements proves that Iran didn’t change its stand on Syria, despite the recent pressure from the US and Israel, which appear to be eager to force Iran withdraw from the country.