General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Israel had been "put in their place by the United States"
Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jafari holds a press conference in Tehran on September 16, 2012. Jafari said members of his elite special operations unit, the Quds Force, are present in Syria and Lebanon but only to provide "counsel." AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE © Atta Kenare - AFP/File
General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Israel had been
Last updated: September 28, 2012

Revolutionary Guards head: Israel's threats bolster Iran's stance

Israel's threats of military action against Iran over its nuclear programme only serve to boost the defiance of the Islamic republic, the head of the Revolutionary Guards said on Friday.

"The enemies want to stop us continuing our path... but these threats only reinforce our determination to continue in the same direction," General Mohammad Ali Jafari said in a speech to thousands of members of the country's Basij militia, according to the Guards' Sepahnews website.

"That is why, when the Zionists make military threats, they are put in their place by the United States," he said.

Jafari's comments came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday told the UN General Assembly that "a clear red line on Iran's nuclear weapons program" needed to be set. He has said his country is contemplating air strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities.

"If a military attack is launched against our nuclear installations, we promise that the enemies will not escape alive," the head of Iran's air and ballistic missile units, General Farzad Esmaili, was quoted as saying on Friday by the ISNA news agency.

Last weekend, Jafari announced that an Israel-Iran war "will eventually happen" and that his country was prepared.

But on Wednesday, he stepped back from those remarks, saying that Israel's threats "lead nowhere and will not result in an armed conflict," according to Sepahnews.

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