The Iranian military is ready to fight a war for “Israel’s disappearance”, Iran’s air force chief said on January 21.
“The young people in the air force are fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the Earth,” Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh was quoted as saying by the Young Journalist Club, a website supervised by state television.
The remarks came following a massive Israeli strike on alleged Iranian targets in Syria.
Israel insists that a main part of Israeli strikes on Syria was carried out in response to an Iranian missile fired at the occupied Golan Heights by Iranian forces from the area of Damascus.
“The Iranian [rocket] launch took place after very lengthy preparations and a decision-making process that concluded months ago,” IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said.
He said that the rocket was launched “by an Iranian force from the Damascus area, from inside territory that [the Syrian government] promised would not host an Iranian presence.”
Speaking at the inauguration of a new international airport in southern Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel’s air force had “delivered powerful blows to Iranian targets in Syria, after Iran fired a rocket from that area toward our territory.”
“Anyone who tries to hurt us, we will hurt them,” he noted.
Regional political experts, including Israeli ones, point out that Netanyahu is attempting to exploit the “Iranian threat” to gain an upper hand in the upcoming elections to the Israeli Parliament, which are set to take place in April 2019.