TEHRAN (FNA)- Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi warned that Tehran will raze Israel to the ground in case Tel Aviv takes military action against Iran.
The remarks by General Firouzabadi came after Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon threatened to nuke Iran.
“I have reiterated before that if Israel makes any aggression, we will plow the entire Israel,” General Firouzabadi told reporters on the sidelines of the International Quds Day rallies in Tehran on Friday.
He pointed to the recent threats of the Israeli officials against Iran, and said, “The Zionist regime is incapable of maintaining security of its streets, it has been defeated by the Lebanese Hezbollah and also by the people of Gaza, now it wants to struggle with Iran?”
In relevant remarks in, top Military Aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi described the statements of Ya’alon about nuking Iran as an empty threat, warning that the Islamic Republic has tens of thousands of missiles ready to wreak havoc on Israel.
“The Zionists and the US are aware of the power of Iran and Hezbollah, and they know that over 80,000 (Iranian) missiles are ready to rain down on Tel Aviv and Haifa; Iran is a powerful country which will give a crushing response to them,” Major General Rahim Safavi said in reaction to Ya’alon’s threats against Iran.
He reiterated that the Israeli officials remember well their defeat in the 33-day war against Hezbollah as well as the 22-day and 50-day wars against the people of Gaza, while when it comes to Iran, they are facing a much tougher enemy that is a powerful state.
He further reminded the recent statements made by the Iranian Supreme Leader, and said as Ayatollah Khamenei, who is the commander-in-chief of the Iranian Armed Forces, has said if the Zionists make a silly move, “we will ruin Haifa and Tel Aviv”.
“The Zionists have many problems and they know that Iran is too powerful for them grapple with,” Rahim Safavi, a former top commander of the IRGC, added.
The top military advisor said that such boastful remarks by the US and Israeli officials are only meant to serve as a ploy.
“We have displayed part of our military capabilities while we have kept many of our achievements and capabilities hidden to outsiders; our response will be crushing not just to the Zionist regime, but to any other aggressor who intends to take action against us,” he added.
Ya’alon claimed in May that Israel would attack entire civilian neighborhoods during any future assault on Gaza or Lebanon.
Speaking at a conference in Jerusalem, Ya’alon threatened that “we are going to hurt Lebanese civilians to include kids of the family. We went through a very long deep discussion … we did it then, we did it in (the) Gaza Strip, we are going to do it in any round of hostilities in the future”.
The Israeli official also appeared to threaten to drop a nuclear bomb on Iran, although he said “we are not there yet”.
In response to a question about Iran, Ya’alon said that “in certain cases” when “we feel like we don’t have the answer by surgical operations” Israel might take “certain steps” such as the Americans did in “Nagasaki and Hiroshima, causing at the end the fatalities of 200,000”.