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Iran's new army chief says Israel won't exist in 25 years

Iranian news agency Tasnim reported on Friday that new Iranian Army Chief, Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi said that the State of Israel will no longer exist in 25 years' time, and that if a military offensive breaks out against Iran, Iran will be the one to decide how it will end.

According to Tasnim, Mousavi made the statement while speaking at a cultural event in the city of Qom on Thursday evening, the new Iranian Army chief said the "acts of devotion" by "martyrs" would prevent Israel from surviving the next 25 years.

Mousavi described Iran as "a symbol of resistance against the global hegemony," saying the world has realised it is "impossible" to try strong-arm Iran via military aggression.

Such threats of Israel's disappearance are routinely heard from Iran. In 2012, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a similar comment, saying that "the superfluous and fake Zionist (regime) will disappear from the landscape."

Iran is currently believed to be working to create a corridor for itself through Iraq and all the way to the Mediterranean Sea, positioning itself along Israel's border with Syria.

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which Netanyahu stated that Iran's growing role in Syria poses a threat to Israel, the Middle East and the world. Following the meeting, Netanyahu said that he told Putin that Iran is looking to take over Syria, stating that "this does not fly with Israel."

"Iran is increasing its efforts to establish its military foothold in Syria. That is dangerous for Israel, the Middle East and, I believe, the whole world. Iran is already in advanced stages of taking over Iraq and Yemen, and in effect it also controls Lebanon.

"Mr. President, we are all defeating ISIS in a concerted international effort, and that is welcome. What is not welcome is Iran moving in everywhere ISIS moves out. We do not forget for one minute that Iran continues to threaten Israel's destruction every day; it is arming terrorist organisations and is itself instigating terrorism; and it is developing intercontinental missiles with the goal of arming them with nuclear warheads. For all these reasons, Israel continues to oppose Iran's entrenchment in Syria. We will defend ourselves in any way against this threat and any threat," Netanyahu told Putin during talks at Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

Monday, August 28, 2017
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