Iran has warned Israel that an attack on its nuclear facility will lead to war

A senior Iranian official responded Tuesday evening to recent statements of Israel's security elite in an interview with the Qatari Al-Jazeera network. In his remarks, the senior Iranian official said that "damage to our nuclear facilities means starting a widespread war for which Israel will bear responsibility."

The official also said that Israel is experiencing an unprecedented state of internal weakness and is trying to demonstrate strength. According to him, "Israel is trying to justify its attacks in Syria and fears that Damascus will strengthen its air defense systems with the help of Iran."

In addition to this, he emphasized Iran’s stance that "the increasing threats confirm that Israel is the basis of insecurity and instability in the region. We are not warmongers, but the world must understand that there will be no red lines in our response against Israel. Israel's words about its readiness to attack our nuclear facilities are official terrorism, which is received with international silence. The threats will not affect the course of events and they arise from the depth of the internal problems."

In the meantime, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Naim Kassem said also in a Tuesday evening interview with the Al-Manar network that "the Americans and the Zionists know that the resistance has developed several weapons." He also emphasized: "We are unifying the arenas and Israel must know that it will not be able to bypass the deterrence equation. The latest exercise carried out by Hezbollah on Sunday is a message to Israel that the next campaign will take place on its territory.”

These harsh statements come after IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi spoke at the Herzliya conference at Reichman University. "We look at Iran through two aspects, the nuclear and the regional threat. Nuclear Iran has progressed in recent years in enriching uranium more than ever before. We are also examining very closely the other areas on the way to nuclear capability and without going into details I say that there are possible negative developments on the horizon that could lead to action."

It should be noted that Immediately after Halevi’s speech, the dollar jumped about 1% against the shekel and is now trading at 3.69.  Also, at the same time as his speech was being delivered, a mysterious fire was reported in a chemical facility in Iran.

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