Shortly after the Trump administration announced renewed US sanctions against Tehran, Iranian officials threatened America’s key ally in the Middle East, Israel, with a chilling message.
“Only seven minutes is needed for the Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv,” a high-ranking member of the Iranian parliament told the semi-official Fars News Agency Saturday.
This isn’t the first threat the Islamic Republic has directed against the only Jewish State in the world. Since former President Obama finalized the so-called nuclear deal with Iran, Tehran’s imams, mullahs, and politicians have boasted about their ability and willingness to annihilate Israel off the face of the earth.
In fact, Islamic sermons across the theocratic state have calling for Israel’s outright destruction for decades. The Iran deal has done, little, if anything at all, to change that.
“Iran’s position, which was first expressed by the Imam [Khomeini]…is that the cancerous tumor called Israel must be uprooted from the region,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said at a Friday sermon on December 15, 2000. This genocidal position against Israel has remained consistent before, during, and after the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.
Now it’s up to the Trump administration to push back, lest the Israelis take matters into their own hands.
Despite Trump’s tough rhetoric against Tehran (indeed a refreshing change of pace compared to the Obama administrations fecklessness and docility), Iranian officials continue to play war games, vowing to launch more “roaring missiles” in the days ahead, as part of a “defensive” military program.