The Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Friday it could kill tens of thousands of Israelis by striking specific targets in Israel with what it described as precision-guided rockets.
"I tell the Israelis that you have a number of targets, not a large number ... that can be hit with precision rockets ... which we have," Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said in a broadcast speech.
The threat came as Israel continued to debate whether to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. Such a move could trigger retaliation from Iran's allies, like Hezbollah. Nasrallah said Iran's response to any Israeli attack would be "lightning" and huge.
Nasrallah said his group could strike a limited number of targets in Israel which if hit would lead to mass casualties - a possible reference to Israeli nuclear facilities, though he said he did not spell out what he meant.
In Iran on Friday, hundreds of thousands of people turned out across the country to march in Jerusalem Day events organized by the state. Speaking at Tehran University, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel's existence an "insult to all humanity."
Since Egypt's Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising last year, Egypt and Iran have signalled interest in renewing ties severed more than 30 years ago after Iran's Islamic Revolution and Egypt's recognition of Israel.Iran hailed the victory of Morsy , who resigned from the Muslim Brotherhood when he was elected in June, as an "Islamic Awakening."This year's summit of Non-Aligned Movement members in Tehran was the subject of controversy earlier this month when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon not to attend for fear of legitimizing the Iranian regime. “Mr. Secretary-General, your place is not in Tehran,” Netanyahu bluntly stated.
The visit could mark a thaw between the two countries after years of enmity, especially since Egypt signed its 1979 peace treaty with Israel and Iran underwent its Islamic revolution. Under Morsi’s predecessor Hosni Mubarak, Egypt, predominantly Sunni Muslim, sided with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-dominated Arab states in trying to isolate Shiite-led Iran.The idea was welcomed by Iran’s state-run Press TV, and a leading member of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said that Tehran’s acceptance of the proposal was a sign Egypt was beginning to regain some of the diplomatic and strategic clout it once held in the region.