IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today an Israeli strike on Syria would be considered an attack on the whole Islamic world that would bring a “fierce response”, state television reported.
“If the Zionist regime commits another stupid move and attacks Syria, this will be considered like attacking the whole Islamic world and this regime will receive a very fierce response,” Mr Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The president made the comments after Israel struck Beirut airport and military airbases and blockaded Lebanese ports in reprisals that have killed 55 civilians in Lebanon since Hezbollah guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers a day earlier.
“He (Ahmadinejad) also said it was a must for the Organisation of the Islamic Conference to become more active regarding the new crisis created by the Zionist regime,” state television reported.
Iran’s Islamic government has never recognised Israel and routinely refers to the Jewish state as the “Zionist regime”.
Iran has close ties with Syria, and with Hezbollah.
The mullahs would not be attempting to deter Israel if they weren’t worried that Israel had decided Damascus was the root of the terrorists to its north and south.
For an Israeli-American’s perspective, see Yoni’s blog.
(BTW: The Middle East is on the edge of a wide and devastating war, and the United States left is basically silent. The Scratching Post reports. And you can confirm the inability of the left to deal with serious issues by perusing The HuffingtonPost blog.)
The Hizbullah said they fired a Raad 1 missile at Israel.
“That’s the missile used by Hizbullah to respond to Israeli attack and to hit military strongholds of the Zionist enemy. The rocket is of 333 mm in diameter and has a warhead of 100 kilograms. Our fighters used it today when they attacked the military base in Har Meron which was severely damaged and set on fire.”
A senior Military Intelligence officer told the Knesset’s Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee that Hizbullah possesses thousands of rockets with a 20-kilometer firing range as well as some 100 rockets capable of reaching targets of 40-70 kilometers.