As the tensions between Iran and Israel continue to rise, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told a Saudi paper that the IDF is prepared to “strike Tehran and destroy every Iranian military facility in Syria” if Iran attacks Tel Aviv.
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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told a Saudi news outlet that Tehran would pay a high price if it attacks Israel. “If Iran attacks Tel Aviv, Israel will strike Tehran and destroy every Iranian military facility in Syria that threatens Israel—regardless of the price,” Liberman said, according to Saudi Arabia’s Elaph newspaper, headquartered in London.
While it is rare for an Israeli official to be interviewed by a Saudi media outlet, this is not the first time that Elaph has given an Israeli official a platform to address the Arab world. In November, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot commented on the possibility of a future war against Iran and Syria in an interview with Elaph.
Eizenkot also said that Israel and Saudi Arabia share a common understanding when it comes to the threat from Iran. According to him, Israel is even ready to share sensitive intelligence with Riyadh. “Saudi Arabia and Israel have common interests against Iran,” he explained.
Liberman is currently in the US for an official visit. He will meet with Secretary of Defense James Mattis later today. Yesterday evening, he met with members of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee. “I thanked the senators…for their support in maintaining the IDF’s qualitative advantage,” Liberman tweeted. “I was pleased to meet friends of Israel who care about our security.”
Liberman’s visit to the US comes as tensions are rising throughout the Middle East. The recent period, in particular, has been packed with hostile statements by both Iran and Israel.