Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi sent a chilling warning to Israel on Monday, vowing his nation’s armed forces will target “the heart” of the Jewish state if it makes “the slightest move” against Iran.
“If you make the slightest move against our nation… our armed forces’ destination will be the heart of the Zionist regime,” cautioned Raisi in a televised address.
Tensions between Iran and Israel have mounted amid U.S. President Joe Biden’s push to resurrect former President Barack Obama’s controversial nuclear deal with the Islamic nation.
As previously reported in American Wire News, the U.S. State Department in February restored sanctions waivers that would allow Iran to engage in international nuclear cooperation projects.
“The waivers had allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to carry out non-proliferation work to effectively make it harder for Iranian nuclear sites to be used for weapons development,” Reuters stated at the time.
The removal of sanctions and restoration of the waivers would release an estimated $29 billion in frozen funds to Iran.
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The move prompted Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to declare, “The campaign to weaken Iran has begun.”
At the INNS 15th Annual International Conference on Feb. 1, Bennett stated that “the removal of sanctions and the flood of billions of dollars for this regime means more rockets, more UAVs, more terrorist cells, more cyber attacks and malign activities. More of everything. By the way, not only against us but also against our American allies in the region and other allies.”
Bennett went on to say that, while the United States may have “its own set of interests” — interests Bennett claims that are “dwindling” in the region — Israel is ready to step up and fill the void.
“This new reality presents us with challenges, but also creates opportunities,” Bennett said. “In the geopolitical arena, there is not vacuum. A void that is created is immediately filled. The U.S. presence in the region can be filled, God forbid, by the forces of terrorism and hatred, or with the right steps, it can be filled by Israel.”
It seems the situation has only gotten worse.
Last month, according to Fox News, reports surfaced suggesting the U.S. is considering removing its designation as a terrorist group from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in exchange for peace in the region, according to Fox News, renewing claims from Israel that it will do whatever is necessary to protect its nation.
After Palestinians and Israelis clashed at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday, Iran accused Israel of “zionist” aggression.
In a translated statement from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the incident, which left more than 150 Palestinians injured, was described as a “desecration of the holy values of Muslims.”
The IRGC alleged the clash was “carried out by the Zionist regime’s military and security forces by deploying military equipment and brutally attacking defenseless Palestinian worshipers,” who were praying in observance of the holy month of Ramadan.
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