As the US and Iran are on the brink of war, Iran announced that when the US takes an action against Iran again, Iran will target to raze major cities in Israel.
According to the French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), Mohsen Rezaee, the ex-chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said on the 5th (Iranian time), that when the US responds to the Iranian retaliation on the US killing of Qasem Soleimani, who was an Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran will attack Israel.
“If the US takes any action after our military response, we will level Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground,” said Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezayee.
Haifa is one of the three major cities in Israel and is known as the center of trade, vacation spots, and commerce and industry. Tel Aviv is the internationally-recognized capital of Israel and has Jerusalem, the popular pilgrimage place for Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Tel Aviv has the second most population in Israel.
According to the Iranian media press, Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), Secretary Rezayee also added, “Trump announed that he will attack 52 regions in Iran when Iran retaliates. If such action is taken by Trump, Iran will erase the trace of Israel from the surface of the earth. Iran will raze major cities in Israel including Haifa and Tel Aviv to the ground.”
Rezayee’s statement is a response to the US President Donald Trump’s series of tweets. Trump wrote, “We have … targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture” and “if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets… Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.”
Mohammad Javad Zarif the Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran criticized Trump for planning to attack Iran. Jarif said, “Attacking historic sites with cultural values is considered a war crime.”
American press New York Times (NYT) reported that the US allies in the middle east are glad to hear the assassination of Soleimani, but they are remaning silent and not issuing any official statement about the assassination.
It is because the relationship of US and Iran is intertwined like a puzzle in the middle east. Therefore, it is difficult to predict the retaliation of Iran.
So far, the US had remained close to Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE). On the contrary, Iran had remained close to Syria, the armed forces in Gaza region, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen.
Iranian allies are in a vicinity of the US allies. Syrian and Iraq are especially close to the US military deployed in Iraq.
Hence, NYT predicts that Iran will take advantage of its allies to attack US allies and afterwards, Iran is most likely to claim that those attacks were irrelevant to Iran.
US allies are trying to predict the next move from Iran and are elevating their defense readiness. Meanwhile, some are putting distance to Trump as he ordered the assassination of Soleimani. These US allies are attempting to contact Iran behind the scenes.
Especially, the situations are getting more sensitive as Saudi Arabia and UAE are currently in touch with Iran across Persian Gulf.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)
Lord, after the US assassinated Soleimani, who was the Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran burst into rage against the US and Israel. Islamic nations and the west are on the brink of war again.
We want You to accomplish Your Word even in the midst of hatred and death, for Your Word does not change whether it rains or floods.
Would You cover the hatred between America and Iran with the grace from the blood of the cross.
We want no more death nor war! God, build American and Iranian churches on the rock of the Word. Change these nations through Your gospel!
Would You allow all nations to discern the times with Your Word. May America and Iran overcome all darkness and the times where the love grows cold. May they obtain the victory of the cross!