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'Iran will attack Tel Aviv if Israel strikes'

July 21, 2012 17:34

Senior Iranian cleric says Israel does "not dare damage our nuclear centers," warns of harsh retaliation.

An Iranian Qader long-range missile is fired

An Iranian Qader long-range missile is fired 370 (R). (photo credit:Reuters/Handout)

Iran will “attack the heart of Tel Aviv” if Israel attacks the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities, the Fars News Agency quoted a senior Iranian cleric as saying on Saturday.

“They do not dare to damage our nuclear centers and know very well that any move against the Islamic Republic will make them regret,” Hojjatoleslam Seyed Reza Taqavi said.

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The comments came as Israel accused Iran and its proxy Hezbollah of responsibility for Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Bulgaria in which five Israelis were killed.

Both Tehran and Hezbollah have denied any involvement in the attack.

“The unfounded statements by different statesmen of the Zionist regime in connection with the accusations against Iran about its possible participation in the incident with the blown-up bus with Israeli tourists in Burgas is a familiar method of the Zionist regime, with a political aim, and is a sign of the weakness... of the accusers,” the Islamic Republic’s mission in Sofia said in a statement on Thursday.

Some analysts believe Iran is trying to avenge the assassinations of several scientists involved in its nuclear program that it blames on Israel and the United States. Israeli diplomats have been targeted in several countries in recent months by bombers who the Jewish state maintained had struck on behalf of Tehran.

The Bulgarian blast occurred on the 18th anniversary of a bomb attack on Argentina’s main Jewish center that killed 85 people and wounded more than 300. Argentina blamed Iran.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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