Iranian news agenct Tasnim reported on Friday that new Iranian Army Chief, Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi said that State of Israel will no longer exist in 25 years' time, and that if a military offensive breaks out against Iran, Iran will be the one to decide how it will end.
According to Tasnim, Mousavi made the statement while speaking at a cultural event in the city of Qom on Thursday evening, the new Iranian Army chief said the "acts of devotion" by "martyrs" would prevent Israel from surviving the next 25 years.
Mousavi described Iran as "a symbol of resistance against the global hegemony," saying the world has realized it is "impossible" to try strongarm Iran via military aggression.
A country might decide to wage a war against Iran, added Mousavi, but it is Iran that will be deciding how to end it and will shape the result of that war.
Such threats of Israel's disappearance are routinely heard from the Persian nation. Back in 2012, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a similar comment, saying that "the superfluous and fake Zionist (regime—ed) will disappear from the landscape."
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, during which Netanyahu stated that Iran's growing role in Syria poses a threat to Israel, the Middle East and the world. Following their meeting, Netanyahu updated that he told Putin that Iran is looking to take over Syria, stating that "this does not fly with Israel."
"Iran is increasing its efforts to establish its military foothold in Syria. That is dangerous for Israel, the Middle East and, I believe, the whole world. Iran is already in advanced stages of taking over Iraq and Yemen, and in effect it also controls Lebanon.
"Mr. President, we are all defeating ISIS in a concerted international effort, and that is welcome. What is not welcome is Iran moving
"We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel," Netanyahu said. "It (Iran—ed) arms terrorist organizations, it sponsors and initiates terror."
Putin did not address publicly Netanyahu's remarks about Iran's role in Syria. He did, however, hail what he described as an "efficient mechanism of cooperation" between Russia and Israel.