Iranian general: Israeli military strike would be suicidal

Iran thinks an Israel Air Force strike on its nuclear facilities would be self-destructive. (IAF)

DUBAI (JWN and agencies)—A senior Iranian general warned on Saturday that an Israeli military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities would mean the end of the Jewish state, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

“They cannot do the slightest harm to the [Iranian] revolution and the system,” Brigadier-General Mostafa Izadi, deputy chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, told Fars.

“If the Zionist regime takes any [military] actions against Iran, it would result in the end of its labors,” he added.

“If they act logically, such threats amount to a psychological war, but if they want to act illogically, it is they who will be destroyed.”

The stalemate in nuclear talks in Moscow last week between Iran and six world powers, combined with the revelation of the Flame computer super virus allegedly developed by the United States and Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear program, have stirred renewed talk about a possible military strike.

Both the United States and Israel have reserved the right to act if there is no progress in Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, with both nations insisting all options are on the table. Iran and the powers—the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany—agreed to a follow-up meeting of technical experts on July 3, which is not expected to save the negotiations from outright failure.

Izadi’s saber rattling followed a call last week by Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz for tougher sanctions against Tehran to halt its nuclear arms program. Mofaz also pointed out that military action is still an option.

In Moscow the six powers demanded that Iran stop enriching uranium to levels required for producing nuclear weapons, that it close the Fordow underground enrichment plant, and ship any enriched uranium out of the country.

Iran insisted on its right to enrich uranium and demanded the international community end its sanctions against it.