As Iran faces ongoing protests from a growing movement aiming to bring down the mullah-led regime, its top general is threatening to send an “Islamic army” across the border into Israel from Syria to wipe out the “evil Zionist regime.”
Hossein Salami, the deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said there are forces in Lebanon as well as Syria awaiting orders while the Tehran-backed Hezbollah terror group aims 100,000 missiles at Israel, the Times of Israel reported.
“We are creating might in Lebanon because we want to fight our enemy from there with all our strength,” he stated. “Hezbollah today has tremendous might on the ground that can on its own break the Zionist regime. The Zionist regime has no strategic-defensive depth.”
Salami said Israel faces dangers greater than at any time in its history, according to a translation of his speech by the Middle East Media Research Institute, MEMRI.
“Today an international Islamic army has been formed in Syria, and the voices of the Muslims are heard near the Golan,” he said. “Orders are awaited, so that … the eradication of the evil regime [Israel] will land and the life of this regime will be ended for good. The life of the Zionist regime was never in danger as it is now.”
Salami declared “the Zionist regime constitutes a threat … to the entire Islamic world.”
“That is the philosophy of the establishment of this regime,” he said.
Salami said the regime’s objective of destroying Israel was established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Iranian revolution.
Khomeini “spread the rationale of eradicating Israel as a new notion in the world’s political discourse,” Salami said. “Since then, the Zionist regime is fearful, delusional, and worried.”
The Times of Israel noted the Jewish state has been waging a quiet campaign to prevent Tehran from establishing a new front on its border with Syria.
The campaign shifted into more open conflict in February, the Israel website said, when an Iranian drone carrying explosives briefly entered Israeli airspace before it was shot down.
Israel responded to Iran’s encroachment with a counterattack on the mobile command center in Syria from which the drone had been piloted, killing at least seven members of the Revolutionary Guards.
As WND reported, emboldened by new sanctions imposed by the United States in the wake of the cancellation of the nuclear agreement, Iranian citizens increasingly have engaged in bold acts of civil disobedience and protests intended ultimately to bring about the overthrow of the mullah-led Islamic regime.
On June 25, protesters surrounded the Iranian parliament with chants of “death to Khamenei,” the ayatollah and supreme ruler, and “death to the dictator” in the first such confrontation after similar demonstrations rocked the country at the start of the year.