A First Blow to Israel Can Also be the Last: Iran

Tehran: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Maj.-Gen. Hossein Salami has said that Israel security has been eroded, and its safety “bubble” burst in the last few months, media reports said on Thursday.

In a wide-ranging television interview on the eve of Al-Quds day Salami claimed how the ‘Zionist regime’ is in the midst of security, political and social disintegration.

Iran general claimed that Israel has suffered strikes against its maritime interests, cybersecurity vulnerabilities and other security setbacks, including mysterious explosions and a rocket that flew over Israeli nuclear site Dimona.

Salami pointed to a string of incidents over the last several months, appearing to take credit for them. He said that a mysterious explosion in Israel, allegedly at a rocket factory on April 20, was a huge explosion that he said “resembled that of a nuclear explosion.”

This is part of a domino effect, which has included cyberattacks on Israel, “the killing of Mossad operatives in northern Iraq” and threats to a chemical factory in Haifa and Ben-Gurion Airport.

Several Israeli-owned ships have been attacked in the Gulf of Oman following a Wall Street Journal report claiming that Israel had struck a dozen Iranian ships.

Salami’s main message is that Israel is suffering from a long decline and the “Zionist regime” is collapsing from within. He also says that the US is gradually leaving the region. The message is that Israel’s “security bubble” has been penetrated, a report in the Jerusalem Post said.

The IRGC Commander-in-Chief said Iran “is facing a new political phenomenon in the world and the region,” adding that we are now seeing a “gradual political decline of the great powers outside the region and inside the region.”

“This arrangement of power is breaking; the connection we saw on the front of a coalition of demons and the arrogant of the world is breaking.” What this means is that he is referring to the US, which Iran sees as an “arrogant” power. He accused enemies of wanting to change Islam, an apparent reference to the Gulf states.

“The United States cannot help them,” he said. “Today, the United States cannot do anything to save Saudi Arabia from an obvious defeat; the United States itself has not been able to intervene directly or indirectly in the past and is completely on the margins of change.”

Salami said that Riyadh could not defeat the “Yemeni Mujahideen,” a reference to the Houthis. Saudi Arabia has lately hinted at negotiating with Iran for some kind of rapprochement.

“There is a political balance in Syria and it is moving towards an election,” Salami said. “The Resistance Front in Syria has not faced any decline. There is political unity in Iraq, and resistance movements are active in Iraq.” The “resistance” is a reference to Iran and its allies in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.

As the US is “weakened” and “lacks influence,” he said that Iran now has a role in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan.

He praised the Quds force. “The Quds Force was able to create power in Lebanon and Palestine and make the Palestinians self-sufficient.” Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas have both threatened to attack Israel in recent days.

Meanwhile Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has branded Israel “an apartheid regime”.

“Palestine is a yardstick for justice. Few measure up. But Iran has proudly stood with Palestinian people — who resist the brutality of an apartheid regime #QudsDay is yearly reminder of moral imperative of global solidarity for Palestine,” Zarif writes on Twitter.

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