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US, Israel Take Iran’s Threats Seriously

US, Israel Take Iran’s Threats Seriously

Tuesday, 26 November, 2019 - 10:45
US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley addresses reporters during a media briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, US, October 11, 2019. (Reuters)
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Military sources in Tel Aviv confirmed that the US Army General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Israeli Army Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, were taking seriously the threats made by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commander, Hossein Salami about annihilating four countries.

The sources said that Salami’s remarks “came in a timely manner, where Israel and the United States are conducting detailed research on Iran’s aggression.”

Although the intelligence sources do not rule out that Tehran’s goal is to divert the attention of the Iranian people from protesting in the streets over their economic distress, they saw that there was “a leadership mired in extremism and arrogance in the Iranian regime.”

The sources did not rule out that the latter would engage in a war “adventure” to show “that whoever takes to the streets in these emergency conditions is a traitor to the homeland and the revolution.”

Milley landed in Tel Aviv on Sunday, on his first visit to Israel after taking office.

An Israeli army spokesman said the visit reflected the “depth of cooperation between the Israeli army and the US military, and the importance of this cooperation for the stability of the region.”

Milley will spend several days in Israel.

On Monday, he conducted a tour with his Israeli counterpart on various military sites and weapon factories and held a series of talks with the military Intelligence service. He was briefed on the Israeli challenges and the Iranian plans to dominate the region from Yemen through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Gaza Strip.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister, Naftali Bennett, made a surprise security tour at military sites in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

In remarks, Netanyahu stressed that Iran was mainlining its policy of aggression against Israel, adding that his country would take all necessary measures to prevent it from entrenching itself in the region.

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