Iranian-backed militias stand on a tank close to the Syria-Iraq border.
(photo credit: ALAA AL-MARJANI/REUTERS)
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warned Israel Wednesday to “fear the day when Iranian precision missiles hit you and take revenge of all the blood of oppressed Muslims which you have shed.”
The tit-for-tat comes after comments made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying Israel would continue striking Syria so long as Iranian forces remain in the country.
“I'm telling you, get out of there fast. We won't stop attacking,” he said on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Mehr News Agency quoted Jafari as saying that Netanyahu’s threat was “ridiculous,” stressing that “the Islamic Republic of Iran will keep all its military and revolutionary advisers in Syria,” as well as “equipment and weapons” with which it aims to “train and empower Islamic Resistance forces and support oppressed people of the country.
"Be sure, we do not take into account your ridiculous threats,” the Iranian commanded said. “You know that if we have chosen to wait against your hostile measures, some considerations lies behind it.”
"Don't play with the lion's tail," Jafari added.
On Sunday, Netanyahu revealed that Israel had hit an Iranian arms cache at Damascus Airport during recent airstrikes in Syria.
“Israel attacked an Iranian armory at the Damascus International Airport, that reflects our determination to stop Iran's military buildup in Syria, and we will strike harder in Syria if needed," he said while visiting Israel’s northern border.
On Friday night, Israel reportedly struck a number of Iranian and Hezbollah military targets in Syria. Sources in the Syrian opposition reported at the time that the Israeli Air Force attacked bases belonging to Iranian militias and Assad's regime forces southwest of Damascus.
Meanwhile, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani said his country would attempt to launch another satellite in the coming months after the country's failed attempt last week. Netanyahu claimed on Tuesday that this was a failed attempt to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile rather than a satellite.Uri Bollag contributed to this report.
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