Iranian Commander Warns Missiles Could Strike Israel

| by Jordan Smith
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An Iranian military commander warned that Iran has more than 100,000 missiles ready to strike Israel.

Hossein Salami, a deputy commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, said an attack would aim to liberate Palestinian land if Israel repeats past mistakes, according to Daily Mail.

“Today, the grounds for the annihilation and collapse of the Zionist regime are [present] more than ever,” Salami was quoted as saying.

Salami alleged that there were “tens of thousands of destructive, long-range missiles” ready and “aimed at occupied” Israel.

Since the Islamic revolution in 1979, the country has refused to recognize the state of Israel, Reuters reports.

"If the Zionists make a wrong move, all the occupied territories will come under attack from dedicated fighters and, God willing, the territories will be liberated,” Salami added, according to the Daily Mail.

The comments were reported as large demonstrations took place across Iran in support of the Palestinian people, according to Reuters. Chants included “death to America” and “death to Israel,” and the Israeli flag was burned.

“We stand with the dispossessed Palestinian nation,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a crowd in Tehran on July 1.

Since Rouhani came to power, Iran concluded a deal with western powers to remove strict economic sanctions after the country reduced its nuclear activities.

“The Zionist regime [Israel] is a regional base for America and the global arrogance … Disunity and discord among Muslim and terrorist groups in the region ... have diverted us from the important issue of Palestine,” Rouhani added.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged for the creation of an anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli student movement by bringing together student associations on July 2, the Daily Mail reports.

“By using advanced means of communication and in cyberspace, general campaigns can be formed by Muslim students based on the opposition to the policies of the U.S. and the Zionist regime of Israel so that when needed, millions of young Muslim students create a big movement in the Islamic world,” Khamenei said.

Sources: Daily Mail, Reuters, Jerusalem Post / Photo credit: Channel 4 News

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