Tehran (AFP) – The number two Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the regime’s elite army, said on Friday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should “practice swimming in the Mediterranean Sea” because he could, according to him, to be forced to flee from his country.
“I tell the Prime Minister of the Zionist regime to practice swimming in the Mediterranean because soon you will have no choice but to escape by the sea,” said Brigadier Hossein Salami, according to the report. Iranian news agency Fars, close to the conservatives.
At a gathering in Esfahan (center) of volunteers of the Bassij, an Islamic militia under the authority of Iran’s supreme leader, Salami claimed that Israel could be destroyed by the Lebanese Hezbollah, a Tehran-backed organization.
“They (the Israelis) are not a high level of threat to us, Hezbollah would be enough to destroy them,” he said.
Iran does not recognize Israel and the rejection of this country has been at the center of Iranian government policy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
If its officials regularly claim that Israel will soon cease to exist, they prefer to remain cautious by not making it clear that this disappearance would be the result of an Iranian attack.
“God willing, there will be nothing called ‘Zionist regime’ in 25 years in the region,” said the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, in 2015, a prediction often repeated by Iranian supporters of a hard line against Israel.
In September, Netanyahu accused Iran, from the UN platform, of harboring a “secret atomic storage site” in Tehran. He promised never to “leave a regime calling for our destruction to develop nuclear weapons – not now, not in 10 years, never.”
Tensions between Israel and Iran have intensified since Tehran embarked on the Syrian conflict alongside the authorities in Damascus, which it supports militarily in its war against rebels and jihadists.