Iran Air Force Commander: 'Our hands are on the trigger' to destroy Israel
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps air force commander was reported Tuesday by Iran's Fars news agency as saying that Iran's military has its finger on the trigger to destroy Israel just as soon as it receives the order to do so, according to The Times of Israel.
"Today, we can destroy every spot which is under the Zionist regime's control with any volume of fire power (that we want) right from here," Iran's Fars news agency quoted Revolutionary Guard Brig.-Gen. Hossein Salami as saying.
"Islam has given us this wish, capacity and power to destroy the Zionist regime so that our hands will remain on the trigger from 1,400km away for the day when such an incident (confrontation with Israel) takes place," he added.
Though Iranian leaders regularly issue threats of destruction against Israel, the wording ascribed to Salami was particularly aggressive. The comments were made one day after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a shipment of Iranian arms intercepted at sea last week which were bound for terror groups in Gaza.
Netanyahu has admonished the Western world for succumbing to the illusion that Iran has moderated its militarism in any meaningful way, and for ignoring the significance of the capture of the Iranian arms shipment.
In recent weeks, Iranian state TV ran a documentary featuring a simulated bombing by Iranian missiles of numerous Israeli cities and landmarks. Iranian drones and missiles were also shown in the film carrying out simulated strikes on the American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, downing American aircraft and striking American military targets in the Persian Gulf.