Iran’s defense minister has skilled the suggestion of action from Israel by threatening to “raze” the cities of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Haifa, as regional tensions remain high amid U.S. Chief Joe Biden’s efforts to recover the Iran nuclear deal.
Israel remains staunchly against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which it says is insufficient and might only embolden Tehran in its weapons programs, and has threatened action against Iran’s nuclear program.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu say previous month that his country would stop Iran’s nuclear program “with or without” the JCPOA, although Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Israel Defense Forces chief Aviv Kohavi have both said their troops are drawing up attack policies.
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier Amir Hatami said Sunday that the country would retaliate if attacked, the state-run Fars news organization reported. Hatami dismissed Israeli leaders as “dogs” and so the country as “too small to illustrate hostility to the Islamic Republic.”
“The Zionist regime knows—and if it doesn’t know, it should know—that if it makes a slip, the Islamic Republic will raze down Tel Aviv and Haifa,” Hatami added. “I warn them to not make this error, straight in words.”
Iran has traditionally threatened attacks against Tel Aviv—Israel’s commercial and technological capital—and Haifa to undertake and deter Israeli action against it. After Kohavi’s comments in January, Iranian soldier’s spokesperson brigadier Abolfazl Shekarchi said Iran could “level Haifa and city within the shortest possible time.”
Israel has before launched attacks in contradiction of nuclear services in Syria, Iraq and—in direction with the U.S.—Iran. The country is additionally accused of an assassination program against Iranian scientists before the JCPOA was signed, also because the killing of top nuclear researcher Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in November.
The Biden administration has said it plans to coordinate with regional allies like Israel and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which remain set against the JCPOA, considering it a win for Iran and a threat to their strategic position.
Gantz said latter week that Israel “will never let Iran to become nuclear skillful or anywhere on the brink of it,” throughout an interview with Fox News Radio. “If the earth stops them earlier, it’s awfully much good. But if not, we must stand freely,” he added. “And we must defend ourselves by ourselves.”