Iranian Army Chief Vows to Destroy Israel at “Lightning Speed”

September 19, 2017
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Iran’s Army Commander in Chief Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 | Iran’s Army Commander in Chief, Major General Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi, threatened to destroy Israel “at lightning speed” in a series of comments made on the eve of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s meeting with United States President Donald Trump.

“We will destroy the Zionist entity at lightning speed, and thus shorten the 25 years it still has left,” Mousavi was quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency in reference to a recurring threat by the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to annihilate Israel in the next quarter century.

“I warn the [Zionist] entity not to make any stupid move against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Mousavi added. “Every [such] stupid act will [make us] turn Tel Aviv and Haifa into dust,” he threatened.

Like Israel, President Trump has opposed the nuclear agreement with Iran from the outset. “The Iran idea is one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen, certainly at a minimum the spirit of the deal is just atrociously kept,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One last week.

The President also warned on Monday, ahead of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s annual meeting in Vienna, that his administration will walk away from the agreement if it feels the UN body is not putting enough pressure on the regime in Tehran to guarantee compliance.

On Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, responded to the sharp criticism coming out of the White House by threatening that Tehran would react strongly to any “wrong move” by Washington on the nuclear agreement.

Meanwhile, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has said that cooperating with Tehran while it “calls for Israel’s destruction” flies in the face of Western values. “The fact that Iran continues to regain more and more legitimacy, while Iranian leadership continues to call for Israel’s destruction is unacceptable,” Rivlin told foreign diplomats at his residence in Jerusalem.

Israel’s destruction in 25 years is a common topic discussed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials.

In Tehran, the regime displayed a “clock” with a countdown towards Israel’s destruction in about 23 years. The timeline is similar to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s prediction in 2015 that Israel will not exist in 25 years. He made a similar prediction in 2016.

An Iranian general threatened last year that the Shiite army that Iran is creating will destroy Israel in 23 years.

Posted on September 19, 2017

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 18 September 2017. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.) 

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