Amid tensions with Iran: Netanyahu stresses IDF ‘prepared for any possibility and any scenario’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s “moderate remarks” about the future of the Middle East. “There is a tremendous gap between his words and the actions of the Revolutionary Guards, which are moving an army against Israel with the avowed goal of destroying the State of Israel,” he stressed.
Netanyahu, yesterday Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO

Following the Iranian foreign minister’s optimistic statement about the Middle East’s future, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a clear message to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. At an event marking Israel’s 70th anniversary of independence with the IDF General Staff on Sunday, Netanyahu praised the military and stressed that Israel’s troops are prepared for the possibility of war.

“I heard today the remarks of the Iranian foreign minister, who accused Israel of violating international law,” Netanyahu said. “This is the foreign minister of a country that sends armed UAVs against Israel and missiles at Saudi Arabia. I also heard his moderate remarks and there is a tremendous gap between his words and the actions of the Revolutionary Guards, which are moving an army against Israel with the avowed goal of destroying the State of Israel.”

“I am not impressed by words,” he added. “I rely on this forum and on the Israel Defense Forces, which are prepared for any possibility and any scenario. I raise a glass to the State of Israel and the IDF.”

Earlier yesterday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with CBS News that he does not believe Iran and Israel are on a path to war. However, Iran’s top diplomat alleged that Israel has been making the regional situation worse: “Israel has continued its violations with international law, hoping to be able to do it with impunity because of the U.S. support and trying to find smokescreens to hide behind.”

When Face the Nation’s moderator Margaret Brennan asked whether he believes that Iran’s bases in Syria have escalated the regional tensions, Zarif charged that Israel is the one escalating the tensions “by violating Syrian airspace.” Zarif then mentioned the F-16 fighter jet that was downed by Syrian missiles in February after an Iranian drone infiltrated Israeli airspace. “They [the Israelis] should expect that if they continue to violate territorial integrity of other states, there'll be consequences,” he stressed.



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