Israel and Iran have recently switched threats to remind each other that they were within each other's attacks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as the country's defense minister, visited Nevatim Air Force base on Tuesday along with his chief of staff's General Advocate Aviv Kochavi, Air Force Commander General General Amikam Norkin and other senior air force officials. During the tour, he stopped by a squadron of US-built, domestic-modified F-35s, known as Adir, and proclaimed their abilities.
"I'm on an impressive trip in the airbase base. Our weapon systems and aircraft. Behind me is" Adir ", F-35," Netanyahu said. "Recently, Iran has threatened the destruction of Israel. It would be good to remember that these aircraft can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran and destined for Syria."
Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks against targets allegedly associated with Iran in Syria as part of a one-time campaign that Netanyahu has increasingly opened over the past year. His latest warning to the Islamic Republic came as Israel's only major ally, the United States and its arch enemy, Iran, exchanged hostile rhetoric and threatened to initiate a conflict that Israel would very much like to be pulled off.
As Iran last month signaled its first steps away from the 2015 nuclear agreement that President Donald Trump's administration had left a year ago, the White House began to warn of elevated threats against Washington's interests in the Middle East and has since accused Tehran of various incidents such as explosions of oil tankers in Oman Bay. Iran has denied inclusion in these attacks, but its elitist revolutionary guards shot down a US Navy drone claiming to have violated the Iranian sky – a claim disputed by the Pentagon.
Trump green first a series of strikes against Iran, but withdrew to the last minute referring to the likely civilian accidents they would inflict as a result of the slaughter of an unmanned drone. Last week, the conservative Iranian president and legislature Mojtaba Zolnour, former chief executive of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's envoy to the revolutionary guards, dismissed the reports of an abortive military action such as "just a bluff and a gesture of propaganda and media" that says it would have been an existential threat to Israel if it had gone through.
"I will tell you that if the United States did this, the US attack on us, Israel's remaining lifetime would not even reach half an hour," Zolnour told Iran's state Al-Alam News Network.
"We have prepared everything by divine power," he added. "We did not intend to invade any country. Forty years of the Islamic Revolution also show this, but for those who invaded, we are able to cut off any footing on our earth."
Iranian hardliner, such as Zolnour, who has also previously worked at the Iranian Parliament's nuclear subcommittee, and Khamenei was long critical of President Hassan Rouhisi's administration's efforts to pursue the 2015 nuclear agreement with the United States with China, France, the EU, Germany, Russia and the EU the United Kingdom. Since Trump's unilateral exit, these other signatories have tried to save the deal, but US sanctions and Europe's non-response have pushed Iran to suspend some of its obligations by enriching uranium beyond 3.67 percent and surpassing low enriched stock restrictions. export. Israel's strike Syria Iran “title =” israel strejke syrien iran “width =” 737 “itemprop =” contentUrl “/>
YOUSSEF KARWASHAN / AFP / Getty Images
Iran has always refused to seek nuclear weapons, but the United States and its supreme Middle Eastern allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia have disputed this. They have further accused Tehran of destabilizing t he region through its alleged support to militant groups in countries such as Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen and its development of ballistic missiles.
Iran has resisted attempts to curb its missile program, which is already the largest and most diverse in the Middle East, referring to the coordinated US campaign for political and economic isolation. Iranian officials have also pointed out that, despite Israel not confirming or denying it, the country is generally believed to have its own nuclear weapons program as well as intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering them across the region and beyond.
In recent decades, Israel has been making strikes against suspected nuclear facilities in Iraq and Syria, and Iran has blamed the country for a number of killings of Iranian nuclear scientists from 2010 to 2012 – nor has Israel confirmed or denied it. One day after Zolnour's threat and Iran's announcement that it had exceeded the unrestrained nuclear power agreement, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz warned last Tuesday that "Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, even if it is to act alone."  For its part, Iran ordered not only a diverse missile arsenal of itself, but enjoyed the support of militias who fired rockets in Israel across multiple borders. Last month, Lebanese Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement secretary Hassan Nasrallah said his group – fighting for two wars and several skirmishes with Israeli-occupied "precision rockets" capable of targeting direct positions in Israel and that would change the region's face that "an American" war against Iran will set the region on fire and will not stop behind the borders. "