Iranian commander: Israel-Iran war inevitable
As Sacred Defense Week kicks off in Iran, senior military commander Jafari says Israeli threats “only prove their enmity with Islam and the revolution is serious, and eventually this enmity will lead to physical conflict.” PHOTO: REUTERS/STRINGER IRAN
Iranian military commanders continued to issue warnings and threats to Israel on the second day of Iranian Sacred Defense Week. An Israeli war on Iran “will eventually happen” but the Jewish state will subsequently be destroyed, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said in comments published Saturday in Iranian media.
Sacred Defense Week is an annual commemoration of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, held on the anniversary of the beginning of the war.
“A war will occur, but it’s not clear where or when it will be,” Jafari was quoted as saying. “Israel seeks war with us, but it’s not clear when the war will occur.”
“Right now they see war as the only method of confrontation,” he said.
As speculation mounts that Israel could launch air strikes on Iran before US elections in November, Jafari told a news conference that the Jewish state would be destroyed if it took such a step.
“Their threats only prove that their enmity with Islam and the revolution is serious, and eventually this enmity will lead to physical conflict,” Jafari said when asked about Israeli threats to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported.