The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj.-Gen. Hossein Salami, has declared that the elimination of Israel is attainable as part of the second step of the Islamic Revolution. In opening remarks at a conference of top IRGC officers, General Salami asserted that Israel “must be wiped from world geography,” while claiming that “this is not an aspiration or a dream… but an achievable goal.”
The IRGC-affiliated IFP news agency cited the military leader arguing that contrary to Iran, ‘Israel is an example of a power that appears to possess offensive tools, but is too “fragile” to withstand a full-scale offensive.’ In contrast, General Salami insisted that the Islamic Republic boasts both defensive and offensive capabilities to ‘strike its enemies with any magnitude, intensity and accuracy, over any area.
Salami went on to say that Iran’s strategy of so-called “active resistance,” devised by Tehran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has prevented his nation’s enemies from adopting an effectual strategy.
It is important to mention that Ayatollah Khamenei declared in December 2016 that the State of Israel “will cease to exist in the next 25 years” if the Muslim world would unite behind Iran, together with the Palestinians, against what he referred to as “the Zionist regime.”
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