Saturday, June 2, 2012
One Million People to Flee Israel in Case of Iran's Reprisal for Israeli Attack
The Iranian Supreme Leader's top military aide dismissed the possibility of a US or Israeli military move against Iran as "weak", and stressed that Iran's crushing reprisal for an Israeli attack will force one million Israelis to flee in the first one or two weeks of the conflict. Speaking on Friday, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said that coalition parties in the Israeli cabinet will leave the cabinet if Israel tries to wage a military move against Iran. He described Israel's Jewish community as "vulnerable", and noted, "The Zionists are living in such international conditions that if they intend to launch an attack against Iran, one million Jews will flee Israel in the first one or two weeks. Jews are very vulnerable there." He dismissed the possibility of a US and Israeli strike against Iran, and stated, "…the internal political conditions of the Zionist regime (of Israel) and the US as well as their economic and military conditions do not allow them to start a new war in the region." In relevant remarks this week, another top advisor of Iran's Supreme Leader also challenged the Zionist regime's intensified war rhetoric against Tehran, saying that the arch-foe of the Islamic Republic does not dare to stage a military attack against Iran. The comments were made by Supreme Leader's Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati in a meeting with a group of Egyptian journalists here in Tehran on Wednesday. Asked about Israel's growing saber-rattling and threat of military attack against Iran, Velayati said, "The Zionist regime has neither the power nor the courage and venture to do so for it knows that if it embarks on doing such a thing, it won't exist any more." Iranian officials and commanders have warned that any enemy move, even the slightest aggressions, against the Islamic Republic would be reciprocated with a destructive response and will endanger enemies' interests all around the world. Late in May, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) boasted Iran's missile power, saying all enemy bases in the region are within the reach of Iranian missiles. "Today, there is no base in the region lying outside the reach of the Iranian missiles," Brigadier General Hossein Salami said at the time. In March, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stressed Tehran's military preparedness to give a crushing response to any possible aggression against the country. "We do not possess a nuclear weapon and we will not build one, but we will defend ourselves against any aggression, whether by the US or the Zionist regime, with the same level (of force)," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing thousands of Iranian people in the holy city of Mashhad, the provincial capital city of Iran's Northeastern province of Khorassan Razavi. The Leader said Washington and its allies are well aware that Iran is neither in possession nor in pursuit of nuclear weapons and the real reason behind their enmity against Iran is their thirst for the nation's oil.