January 03, 2021, 09:54 AM
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reportedly given green light to Tehran-backed terrorist groups
A senior Iranian commander has warned that the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has given the green light for Tehran-backed proxies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip to level two of Israel’s three largest cities.
Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Corp (IRGC) Aerospace Force told the state-run Al-Manar TV channel that the terrorist groups would destroy Haifa and Tel Aviv if “any foolishness is committed against Iran,” warning that the Islamic Republic has been working for years on developing the capabilities of its proxies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, according to The Times of Israel.
“All the missile capabilities of Gaza and Lebanon have been supported by Iran, and they are the front line for confrontation,” he added.
Noting that “the capabilities of the resistance axis” are much advanced from what they were 10 years ago Hajizadeh said, “today, the Palestinians fire rockets instead of throwing stones.”
Hezbollah and Iran have threatened both Haifa and Tel Aviv in the past, particularly in the 34-day 2006 Second Lebanon War.
The Lebanese Shi’ite proxy is assessed to have as many as 150,000 missiles secreted around various silos and launching sites throughout mostly southern Lebanon.
A proportion is assumed to be precision-guided and the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has worked assiduously over the last several years to attempt – mostly through the aerial bombardment of shipment convoys in Syria – to prevent equipment needed to upgrade Hezbollah munitions from reaching their intended destination.
As the first anniversary of the US drone strike that killed IRGC Quds Force Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Iraq ticks round, the Israel military is on high alert for other potential missile or drones attacks emanating from either Iraq and/ or Yemen.
The recent hit on Aden Airport – in which at least 26 people were killed -and which has been ascribed to Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, might be viewed as a template with which to attempt to attack Israel.
Iran has issued a stream of threats against both the United States and Israel in the run-up to the Soleimani anniversary and the region is seemingly even tenser than would ordinarily be the case.