Iran Threatens to ‘Turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to Dust‘ if Israel missteps……….
21 September 2016 The Israel Report
“If the leaders of the Zionist regime make a mistake then the Islamic Republic will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust,” reads a banner on military truck in missile parade…….
In an attempt to tout its military prowess on Wednesday, Iran threatened to “turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust” during a parade [pictured above] of the Islamic Republic’s armed forces in Tehran. Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq by parading its latest ships and missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf.
At a parade in Tehran, shown on state TV, the military displayed a wide array of long-range missiles, tanks, and the Russian–supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system. In a reference to Iran’s arch-foe Israel, a banner on one military truck shown on state TV read,: “If the leaders of the Zionist regime make a mistake then the Islamic Republic will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust.”
At the port of Bandar Abbas on the Gulf, the navy showed off 500 vessels, as well as submarines and helicopters, at a time of high tension with the United States in the strategic waterway. US officials say there have been more than 30 close encounters between US and Iranian vessels in the Gulf so far this year, over twice as many as in the same period of 2015.
On September 4, a US Navy coastal patrol ship changed course after an Iranian Revolutionary Guard fast-attack craft came within 100 yards (91 metres) of it in the central Gulf, at least the fourth such incident in less than a month, US Defence Department officials said.
“We tell the Americans that it’s better that the capital and wealth of the American people should not be wasted on their inappropriate and detrimental presence in the Persian Gulf,” said Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The Tasnim news site quoted him as saying: “If they want to extend their reach and engage in adventurism they should go to the Bay of Pigs” – a reference to the location of a botched US attempt to overthrow Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 1961.
In Tehran, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, [pictured below] declared that Iran wanted peace.
But he also said Iran’s lessons in the 1980-88 war against Iraq now served as a guide for “our brothers in faith” in Syria, “Palestine,” Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Bahrain, a checklist of countries where Iran has political, religious or military allies.
The Russian-supplied missile defence system on show in Tehran was deployed last month around Iran’s underground uranium enrichment facility at Fordow. Enrichment at the site, around 100 km (60 miles) south of Tehran, has supposedly stopped since the implementation in January of Iran’s agreement with world powers to curb its nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions.
Also on display was the Qadr H missile, which has a range of 2,000 km, according to state TV. Iran’s ballistic missile program has been criticized by the West, and the US Treasury apparently imposed sanctions on two Iranian companies in March because of their alleged ties to it.
Accept Palestine or Face ‘Sea of Hatred,’ Jordanian King Warns Israel……..
21 September 2016
Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Abdullah [pictured above] accused the Jewish state of attempting to alter the status quo on Temple Mount. Jordan’s King Abdullah warned Israel would find itself in “a sea of hatred“ if it did not accept an [Arab] Palestinian state, while also condemning Muslim terrorists from the United Nations rostrum Tuesday.
“No injustice has spread more bitter fruit than the denial of a Palestinian state. I say: Peace is a conscious decision,” the king said. “Israel has to embrace peace or eventually be engulfed in a sea of hatred in a region of turmoil.”
Mentioning only the Christian and Muslim connection to Jerusalem holy sites, Abdullah accused Israel of attempting to alter the identity of the city.
“As the Custodian of Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, I will continue my efforts to protect these places, and stand up against all violations of their sanctity, including attempts for temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif,” he said.
Israeli officials have repeatedly rejected accusations by Palestinian and Jordanian officials that it intends to allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount or alter the status quo governing the holy site. Tensions over the compound, considered the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam, have often led to flare-ups of violence.
Abdullah began his speech with a long and impassioned plea for the world to differentiate between Islam and terrorism, which he claimed had no connection to the religion. He decried Islamic terrorists who “want to wipe out our achievements and those of our ancestors; to erase human civilization, and drag us back to the dark ages.”
Abdullah clearly distanced himself and mainstream Islam [?] from the terrorist organizations. “Let me state clearly that these radical outlaw groups do not exist on the fringes of Islam, they are altogether outside of it. Thus we refer to them as khawarej, outlaws of Islam.” [Has this man not read the Koran or is he attempting to fool us?]
He criticized both those who fail to recognize the war on Islamic terror for what it is, and those who simply stigmatize all Muslims without differentiation. “How can we be effective in this fight when we haven’t clearly defined who the enemy is?” [We have really?] the king stated. “Who are we fighting with and who are we fighting against?“