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Assad Regime Threatens to Strike Ben Gurion Airport

War of Words Heating Up

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23 Jan 2019 (All day)
Assad Regime Threatens to Strike Ben Gurion Airport
The rhetorical war of words between Israel and its enemies got sharper on Tuesday when Syria’s Assad regime threatened to strike Ben-Gurion Airport in retaliation for Israel’s recent strikes on regime and Iranian military infrastructure in and around Damascus International Airport earlier this week. The threats came from the regime’s ambassador to the UN, Bashar Ja’afari, who told the Security Council that if it wouldn’t move to condemn Israel the regime would act on the threat, as well as attempting to re-conquer the parts of the Golan Heights it lost to Israel in the 1967 Six Day War.

Also on Tuesday, reports emerged in Arab media outlets that Iran has increased its own rhetorical threats to retaliate directly against Israel for the strikes on its forces in Syria.

"Quds Force commander Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani visited southern Syria and that was the trigger to the Israeli-Iranian conflict," said a report in the Kuwaiti paper Al-Jarida.. "Soleimani's visit violated the American-Russian-Israeli agreement, arriving at a Syrian own located less than 40 km. from the ceasefire line in the Golan Heights."

The report also claimed that Iran was able to minimize the damage from Israel’s strikes because they received advanced warning about them from the Russians.

In related news, the UN observer force in southern Lebanon had a request to inspect the entry point of a tunnel being built by the Iranian-backed Lebanese terror militia Hezbollah for the purpose of attacking Israel denied recently. The UN’s Special Coordinator to the Middle East Peace Process told the UN Security Council in New York on Tuesday that “To date, UNIFIL has not been granted access to the confirmed entry points of a tunnel near Kfar Kila on the Lebanese side…UNIFIL was able to confirm that two of the tunnels discovered by the Israel Defence Forces crossed the Blue Line and thereby constituted violations of Security Council resolution 1701.”

At the same UNSC meeting, Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon presented evidence that the clerical regime in Teheran spends around $7 billion dollars every year promoting terrorist activity around the Middle East, much of it directed towards efforts to destroy Israel.

Also on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Israel Aerospace Industries division that manufactures and develops the Arrow missile on Tuesday where he told reporters “Let our enemies who seek to destroy us know that Israel's crushing fist will reach all those who seek our harm, and we will hold them accountable.”

The remarks came following a fiery speech by Brig. Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh, commander of Iran’s Air Force, who declared that his troops were “prepared for a war that will bring the crushing destruction of Israel. We are ready for the day when we will see the end of Israel."

Here is a video in which Netanyahu speaks to the issue of Iran’s support for terrorism


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