Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, the head of the Iranian Armed Forces, said the American support for Israel could “make other actors intervene” as the president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, said the “termination of Israel is imminent.
“Our strategy towards the Zionist entity never changes: the removal of the Zionist entity,” Iranian Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier-General Abolfazl Shekarchi said in 2021.
“Israel must be eliminated.”
Baqeri did not specify whether his own armed forces would be among the actors to invade Israel, but he did not deny the possibility.
Pesident of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi said the mass killing of civilians in a hospital in Gaza had “set off the termination of Israel,” according to Tasnim.
Iran continues to maintain that the Israeli government targeted the hospital.
Baqeri, the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, made the threat of “other actors” attacking Israel during a phone conversation with Shoigu; Russia is one of Iran’s closest geopolitical allies.
“The continuation of the Zionist regime’s crimes (in Gaza) and the direct support and backing from certain countries would further complicate the situation and could make other actors intervene in this arena,” Baqeri was quoted as saying.
“Any reaction from the resistance groups will be possible if the Zionist regime’s brutal attacks go on, the Iranian general warned,” according to Tasnim.
PressTV reported that Baqeri specified the “transfer of military equipment and weapons” to Israel as the sort of “direct support” that could lead to other players attacking Israel.
In another conversation with Qatari Defense Affairs Minister Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Baqeri said America had participated in alleged war crimes against Palestinians and “Palestinian resistance groups were entitled to self-defense in the face of Israel’s aggression.”
Baqeri’s remarks that unspecified “other players” could attack Israel came during the same day that Raisi, at a rally in Tehran, declared the “termination of Israel,”
“Every drop of blood of every Palestinian that is spilled on the ground brings the Zionist regime one step closer to its fall,” Raisi declared.
Raisi held the Israelis responsible for the bombing as “anthropomorphic” but not human – “the shape of a human, but their heart is the heart of an animal, but even lower than that.”
Meanwhile, Iranian dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened a “greater disaster” for Israel in some of his first remarks after the Hamas attack.
“The rulers and decision-makers of the Zionist regime and their supporters should know that these actions will bring a greater disaster upon them, and the Palestinian people, with a firmer determination, will slap their hideous faces harder in response to these crimes,” Khamenei asserted.
“Those who live in [Israeli] settlements are not civilians. They are all armed,” Khamenei said, promising an “uncontrollable Muslim reaction” if the Israeli military responds to the Hamas attacks.
On Wednesday, Iran’s foreign minister issued a major warning to Israel.
The chilling message was posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, by Hossein Amir-Abdallohian the day after a missile strike at a Gaza City hospital, which caused hundreds of deaths.
“After the terrible crime of the Zionist regime in the bombing and massacre of more than 1,000 innocent women and children in the hospital, the time has come for the global unity of humanity against this fake regime more hated than ISIS and its killing machine.”
“Time is OVER!” he warned.
پس از جنایت هولناک رژیم صهیونیستی در بمباران و قتلعام بیش از هزار نفر از زنان و کودکان بیگناه در بیمارستان #المعمدانی زمان برای اتحاد جهانی بشریت علیه این رژیم جعلی منفورتر از داعش و ماشین کشتارش فرارسیده است.— H.Amirabdollahian امیرعبداللهیان (@Amirabdolahian) October 17, 2023
!Time is OVER
The Iranian Embassy in Syria later tweeted, “Time is up” in both Hebrew and Arabic.
הזמן נגמר#طوفان_الأقصى— السفارة الإيرانية – سورية (@IranembassyDam) October 18, 2023