Iran on Friday threatened to "cut off Israel's feet" if the latter
attacks Syria, AFP reported.
During a visit to
Damascus, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said: “We will
stand alongside Syria against any [Israeli] threat … If those who have
violated Palestinian land want to try anything we will cut off their
feet," he said.
Rahimi called Syria a "strong
country that is ready to confront any threat" and said Iran "will back
Syria with all its means and strength."
warns Iran, Syria on threats
administration Thursday warned Iran and Syria that America's commitment
to Israel's security is unshakable, and they should understand the
consequences of threats to the Jewish state.
Clinton: Weapon transfer to terrorists could spark
In a speech, Secretary of State Hillary
Rodham Clinton said Syrian transfers of increasingly sophisticated
weaponry, including rockets, to terrorists in southern Lebanon and Gaza
could spark new conflict in the Middle East. Additionally, she said a
nuclear-armed Iran would profoundly destabilize the region.
"These threats to Israel's security are real, they are
growing and they must be addressed," she said in the speech to the
American Jewish Committee. The speech was the administration's latest
effort to reassure Israel that its ties to the United States remain
strong despite tensions that flared last month.
"President Obama noted recently that there has been some of what he
called 'noise and distortion' about this administration's approach in
the Middle East," Clinton said. "Over the past month, we have attempted
to remove any ambiguity. The president and this administration have
repeatedly reaffirmed our commitment to Israel's security in word and in
Clinton told the group that Israel is "confronting
some of the toughest
challenges in her history," particularly from Iran, Syria and groups
they support like Hizbullah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and
reaffirmed US determination to get them to change course.
weapons to these terrorists, especially longer-range missiles, would
pose a serious threat to the security of Israel," she said.
has accused Syria of providing Hizbullah with Scud missiles, which
would dramatically increase the group's ability to strike targets in
Israel. Syria has denied the charges.