Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), an elite unit of the Iranian army. Major General Hossein Salami said the destruction of Israel was an “achievable goal.” This is reported by The Times of Israel.
The military pointed out that Iran, four decades after the Islamic Revolution, “has gained the ability to destroy the Zionist regime.” Salami added that the Jewish state should be wiped out and it is “no longer a dream.”
The newspaper notes that the major-general made such a statement at a meeting of IRGC commanders in Tehran. It came amid growing tensions between Iran and the United States and its allies.
Earlier in September, Iran accused Israel of supporting the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group.
In August, it was reported that Israel and the United Arab Emirates had held several secret meetings to discuss ways to counter Iran. The talks included the parties “sharing information and coordinating efforts to counter the growing threat” from Tehran.
U.S.-Iran relations escalated after Trump announced Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal in early May 2018 and the resumption of sanctions against Tehran. A new package of U.S. restrictive measures against Iran took effect in November.