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Iran reacts to Israeli rhetoric: Crushing response awaits all threats

Iran Press TV

Thursday, 11 February 2021 3:26 PM

Iran's defense minister reacts to the Israeli regime's renewed aggressive rhetoric against the Islamic Republic, saying the country will serve a crushing response to whatever threat.

"Iran is a powerful, great, resolute, and capable country. It has shown [in the past] that it would respond strongly and intensely to any threat if it were faced with one," Brigadier General Amir Hatami told reporters in the northwestern city of Zanjan on Thursday.

"Therefore, one should not attach any significance to Israel's threats," he added.

Israel finds Iran to be its strongest opponent, given the Islamic Republic's official position of outright opposition to the regime's occupation and aggression and Tehran's singular support for the regional peoples and groups that stand up to Tel Aviv's atrocities.

In 2015, Israel turned the nuclear deal that had been reached between Tehran and the P5+1 group of states -- the US, the UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany -- into the focal point of its antagonism towards the Islamic Republic.

In a move that was hugely welcomed by Israel but condemned by the international community, Washington left the deal in 2018 and returned the sanctions that the historic accord had lifted.

Israeli officials recently started refreshing the regime's warlike discourse towards Iran after Joe Biden assumed the US presidency. They did so because Biden had voiced a readiness to potentially return the US to the accord.

In late January, the regime's military chief Aviv Kohavi warned Biden against returning to the deal, alleging that he had ordered his forces to step up preparations for possible offensive action against Iran during the coming year. Although, the final decision for launching such war depended on "political" officials, Kohavi said, adding that such aggressive plans "have to be on the table."

Earlier this month, Tzachi Hanegbi, the Israeli minister that oversees the affairs of the regime's illegal settlements, warned that the regime could attack Iran's nuclear facilities if the US returned to the deal.

Hatami, however, said the Israeli regime was in "a seriously fragile" situation, and was issuing such statements "out of desperation and fear," adding that "no one attaches any credit or pays any attention" to such discourse.

'Israel's talk bigger than its might'

The regime's actual capabilities do not measure up to its pompous rhetoric, Hatami, meanwhile, said.

"The capability that is owned by this regime that is situated in a very small occupied territory and has no historical precedence, does not go beyond a certain limit and measure," the official said, noting that Tel Aviv's potential only allows it to carry out some "vexatious" activities.

Therefore, the occupying regime, itself, knows that whatever apparent threat it has levelled against the Islamic Republic does not match its size and might, the official concluded.

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