‘If U.S. attacks Iran, Israel won’t survive next half-hour’


Tehran Times
‘If U.S. attacks Iran, Israel won’t survive next half-hour’

Chairman of the Majlis Nuclear Committee Mojtaba Zonnour says should the United States attack Iran, Israel’s remaining life would be less than half an hour.

In an interview with Al-Alam TV channel, Zonnour said he does not regard U.S. President Donald Trump as a “man of war”, but in the event of an aggression, Iran’s response would be “very harsh”.

The top MP pointed to Trump’s recent claim that he had called off an attack on a number of Iranian positions, saying the U.S. president was merely bluffing.

“Trump is a businessman and is only after financial profits,” he said, adding, “Also, all those individuals who are consulted by Mr. Trump knew that the outcome of an attack would have been a defeat for America.”

“With divine power we are fully ready. We have not intended to attack any country and 40 years of the Islamic Revolution manifests this. But if they attack, we are able to cut off any foot and any hand intruding into our soil.”

Amid escalating tensions between Tehran and Washington, Iran’s IRGC shot down an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone on June 20 after it breached Iran’s airspace. The IRGC brought the drone down by firing a surface-to-air missile at it.

Zonnour said Iran did not shoot down the American drone immediately but issued warnings first.

“We were also able to shoot down their other spy plane with 35 passengers but refrained due to humanitarian concerns,” he said. “We proved that we are powerful as well as honorable.”

Trump has lauded Tehran’s decision not to shoot down the plane. “There was a plane with 38 people yesterday, did you see that?” he told reporters on June 22.

“I think that’s a big story. They had it in their sights and they didn’t shoot it down. I think they were very wise not to do that. And we appreciate that they didn’t do that. I think that was a very wise decision.”


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  1. At least the Iranians had the tech and smarts to make the distinction unlike the incompetent cowards that shot down an Iranian airliner then awarded themselves medals.

  2. I’m sure it is a media-fight rhetorics. The same we saw about N.Korea. Iran has no chance against USA and allies. It is a question of time and military power. The most important here is the financial result of this war. It would shake the world.

    • Iran does stand a chance, they have several key advantages. Firstly, the country is a virtual fortress due to Geography, there are very few invasion routes and given the hostility of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the US, then the only real option is a seaborne invasion, which is the most difficult of all military operations. Secondly, they have tens of thousands of missiles and their missile factories are buried deep under mountains. Thirdly, they have millions of young men who would give their lives readily in defence of the country, just as happened in the Iran-Iraq war where hundreds of thousands of untrained fanatical young men threw themselves into the battle and held firm, despite being hit with all kinds of nasty weapons, including poison gas. Iran would be a very tough nut to crack and the current US military is in a poor state, reduced to a force capable of colonial policing operations but not fit to fight a major war with a near-peer adversary.

    • Ian, you know we’ll that USA wouldn’t dare to send the boots on the ground. They will simply bomb everything. But even a tiny conflict would be a catastrophe. And Yankee know that. This is why it is a modern trend – to bark at each other and calm down. Besides, you are 100% right, – the whole geo-region is pretty complicated.

    • The also have a large fleet on small subs which are ideal in shallow coastal waters. The Iranian strategy is asymmetrical and to cause an attacker the maximum cost and loss.

    • Iran standing a chance in a war with conventional weapons is all the more reason for the neocons to use strategic nuclear weapons – after all the USA is a country where one can openly advocate the genocide of 1.2+ billion Muslims with mostly approval or silence, and very little negative blow back.

  3. No one seems to ask why the US Military would put a manned surveillance plane in harms way, trying to hide in the shadow of the global hawk, and then tell lies it was in Int waters, were the Iranians picked it up.

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