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Minister Warns Iran Could Target Israel with Missiles

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13 May 2019
Minister Warns Iran Could Target Israel with Missiles
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz warned during an interview with YNet TV broadcast Sunday evening that Israel could be targeted by missiles from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or it’s terror proxies in Lebanon and/or the Gaza Strip if the escalating war of words between Teheran and Washington enters a kinetic stage. “Things are undoubtedly heating up, and Iran – over the last few weeks – has come under ‘atomic’ pressure,” he said. “The economic sanctions are breaking the neck of the Iranian economy and there is now an additional, even more powerful wave of American sanctions. We are starting to see the Iranians lose their balance.”

“There is an internal debate inside Iran: whether to surrender to American pressure and dismantle the nuclear program, or wait – maybe [US President Donald] Trump will not be elected again – until the storm passes,” Steinitz said. “The Iranians feel they have to respond in some way to the tremendous pressure on them…the pressure inside Iran – the panic, the internal debate – is so strong, that you cannot know where it will erupt.”

The interview came following a speech by Iranian President Hassan Rohani, portions of which were broadcast on state TV, in which he said, among other things, that "pressures by enemies is a war unprecedented in the history of our Islamic Revolution…today, it cannot be said whether conditions are better or worse than the [1980-88 Iraqi] war period, but during the war we did not have a problem with our banks, oil sales, or imports and exports, and there were only sanctions on arms purchases. But I do not despair and have great hope for the future and believe that we can move past these difficult conditions provided that we are united."

Another defiant speech came from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Maj.-Gen. Hossein Salami, who told a closed session of parliament in Tehran on Sunday that US military units in the region used to be considered a threat to his forces but he now considers them “targets” and “opportunities” hinting that he believes his troops had military capabilities which would allow them to overpower the US and allied forces. Commanders of other branches of the Iranian military also testified before the parliamentarians.

Elsewhere, the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany were planning to meet in Brussels on Monday in order to forge a way to stand by the JCPOA nuclear agreement despite America’s withdrawal and Iran’s threats to withdrawal unless a list of seemingly impossible demands to the EU are met. European leaders issued a statement last week that they reject “ultimatums” from Teheran but were desirous of preserving the JCPOA is possible.

Here are two videos giving some In-depth analysis of the situation


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