On Tuesday, Iran threatened harsh retaliation after Israel allegedly bombed an Iranian-held air base in central Syria.
“The crimes will not remain unanswered,” insisted Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
On Wednesday, Israeli officials returned the favor, stating that if Iran made any foolish moves then everything it has gained in Syria over the past decade would go up in a puff of smoke.
Senior Israeli defense officials told
prominent journalist Ben Caspit that Syrian dictator and Iran-ally Bashar “Assad’s regime and Assad himself will disappear from the map and the world if the Iranians do try to harm Israel or its interests from Syrian territory.”
The Israelis continued: “Our recommendation to Iran is that it does not try to act, because Israel is determined to continue on this issue to the very end.”
A day earlier, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman vowed that Israel would do whatever necessary to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military foothold in Syria. “We have no other choice,” he stressed.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkott attend a security council meeting regarding the Iranian threat. (Ariel Hermony/Ministry of Defense)