Iran warned it will “level Tel Aviv to the ground” if Israel attacks the Islamic Republic and threatened Netanyahu personally.
Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council and former chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, said the Islamic Republic will “level Tel Aviv to the ground” if Israel carries out an attack, Fars News Agency, Iran’s semi-official news site, reported.
The senior Iranian official made the statement Monday in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the Munich Security Conference the previous day, during which he warned that Israel will not hesitate to attack if threatened.
Waving a piece of a captured Iranian drone, the Israeli leader addressed Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, saying: “Mr. Zarif, do you recognize this? You should. It’s yours. You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran: Do not test Israel’s resolve.”
“Israel will not allow Iran’s regime to put a noose of terror around our neck,” he asserted. “We will act if necessary, not just against Iran’s proxies that are attacking us, but against Iran itself.”
On February 10, an Israeli Air Force (IAF) helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian UAV that was launched from Syria and infiltrated Israel. The aircraft was identified by the Aerial Defense Systems early on and was under surveillance until the interception.
In response to the incursion, the IAF attacked the Iranian aircraft’s launch components in Syrian territory.
Later, also in response to the Iranian UAV launched at Israeli territory and intercepted by the IAF, Israeli aircraft bombed 12 targets in Syria, including three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian targets that are part of Iran’s military establishment in Syria.
Rezaei also threatened Netanyahu personally, saying that if Israel “carries out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee,” Fars reported.