With the US sending clear public signals to Israel that it is opposed to military action now against Iran, and a cacophonous debate on the matter in Israel, senior Iranian officials continue to threaten Israel with destruction.On Wednesday it was the turn of Brig.- Gen. Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran's Passive (civil) Defense Organization and a former commander of the Revolutionary Guards, who during a speech ahead of Al-Quds Day, an anti-Israel event initiated by Iran, said that in order to liberate Palestine there was no other option but to destroy Israel"[Al-Quds Day] is a reflection of the fact that no other way exists apart from resolve and strength to completely eliminate the aggressive nature and to destroy Israel," Jalali said, according to a report by Iran¹s ISNA news agency.Jalali said that the message of Khomeini's Al-Quds Day initiative was that the Muslim world must support the "oppressed people of Palestine" in a show of resistance against "the Zionist usurpers."
An Israeli government official responded to Jalali's comments by saying it was simply a "reaffirmation of what we continually hear from the Iranian leadership."
The official said that the statement was "not an aberration," and that Israel was taking the Iranian threat very seriously. "We urge others to do the same," he said. "The Iranians use unequivocal language, and their words speak for themselves."
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Evening Update: Iran's Growing Influence II
More on Iran this afternoon and a couple of updates from Joel Rosenberg, who always has invaluable insight into the Middle East:
Two commentaries from Joel Rosenberg:
Top U.S. Defense Officials Say Israel Can't Destroy Iran Nuke Program: Why Are They Undermining An Ally?
That's a sobering assessment from Joel Rosenberg and he is usually pretty accurate with issues involving the Middle East. We seem to be just on the brink of some very serious actions taking place in the region - actions that could very well kick off the cascade of concluding events in biblical prophecy. Stay tuned.
Posted by Scott at Wednesday, August 15, 2012