Clerics at Iran's Assembly of Experts meeting, Tehran_370.
(photo credit: Raheb Homavandi/Reuters)
Gen. Seyed Hassan Firouzabadi, Iran’s chief of staff, threatened to “bulldoze”
and “destroy the illegal Zionist nest,” if Israel attacks the Islamic Republic,
Iran’s official news agency INRA reported on Saturday.
the comments in a Nowruz speech to military officials, during which he said Iran
would “flatten” strategic locations in Israel if attacked, INRA said.
government’s official Iran newspaper also carried the story on its front page
Nowruz was almost three weeks ago, and the state media’s decision
to print the story comes as critical negotiations with the West over Iran’s
nuclear program loom and amid mounting reports that the US and its European
allies may demand the Islamic Republic close and dismantle its heavily-fortified
Fordo nuclear plant, near Qom.
Israel has made repeated threats to use
force against Iran if it fails to respond to international sanctions and
diplomacy regarding its nuclear program.
However, according to the
Iranian press reports, Firouzabadi claimed in his speech that Iran had reduced
the threat of war with Israel due to the Islamic Republic’s “deterrent
The military leader added that “apart from the occupiers of
Jerusalem, who are already on death row, nobody else is whispering about
“The Zionist regime should listen to its leaders and stop their
paranoia,” the chief of staff said.
Firouzabadi, whom Iran’s Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed chief of staff in 2002, is also a member
of the country’s Supreme National Security Council, which determines Iran’s
defense and national security polices as well as formulating the country’s