Iran's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Hassan Fairouz Abadi commented Wednesday on reported Israeli threats to strike Iran and warned that Tehran would retaliate with a "surprising punishment" if Israel pursued such a "mistake."
"Even though the likelihood for such an attack is low, we see the threat as a serious threat and are on full alert," Abadi told Iran's Fars news agency.
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Speaking on the sidelines of an Iranian defense conference, he added that "America knows that a Zionist military strike in Iran would cause it major damages in addition to the damages caused to this regime."
He further warned the US against striking in Syria, as NATO forces have done in Libya, saying: "The military regime in Damascus is at the forefront of our dealings with the occupying Zionist regime... The Libyan model will not intimidate Syria. If they strike there will be a Muslim uprising that would leave nothing of the Americans or the Zionist regime."
Iranian media largely avoids dealing with the robust public debate in Israel concerning the possibility of an armed conflict between the two nations.
The Ayatollah's regime, it seems, prefers to wait for the next IAEA report, which is rumored to reveal new details on the nature of the Iranian nuclear program.
Meanwhile, the IDF successfully test fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday. The Defense Ministry confirmed that "a prescheduled test of a rocket propulsion system was conducted out of the Palmachim Airbase." The statement offered no further details.
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