Official: Israel will attack Tehran if Iran attacks Tel Aviv



JERUSALEM – The Israeli Defense Minister said in an interview published by a news site Arab on Thursday that his country will counterattack if it is attacked by the archenemy Iran.

"We hear many (Iranian) threats … but if they attack Tel Aviv, we will attack Tehran," Avigdor Lieberman told Elaph.

The interview was published on Thursday while Lieberman was in the United States for talks with defense officials.

There has been an increase in hostile rhetoric among bitter rivals since an air strike on a military base in Syria that Iran and Russia blame on Israel earlier this month. Seven Iranians were killed in the strike at the T4 air base in Syria.

Israel has not confirmed or denied the strike. Iran threatened to respond.

On Thursday, the acting commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard said Israel was "scared" of the presence of Islamic (Republic) forces near its borders.

"That is why we are seeing their missile launches on the bases where our (Iranian) forces are," General Hossein Salami was quoted as saying by the official Iranian news agency, IRNA.

Israel sees Iran as a serious threat due to its nuclear and missile programs, support for violent regional groups and frequent calls for the destruction of the Jewish state.

He has warned that he will not tolerate Iran's military establishment in neighboring Syria.

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