A senior Israel Defense Forces (IDF) official said late Monday that the Jewish state is more prepared than it has ever been to strike Iran’s nuclear sites if called upon.
“Every year that passes, the IDF improves,” the unnamed senior official told Israel’s Walla news, according to a translation provided by The Times of Israel.
The official spoke to Israel’s increasing qualitative capabilities. “We never stand still. The professional level increases. In the coming year we will receive another submarine, F-35 fighter jets and other platforms. Intelligence is improving as well,” he added, while also mentioning that Israel’s defensive apparatus continues to improve.
The Walla news report mentioned that Israel would not likely strike Iran’s facilities unless a major geopolitical development, such as Iran’s thwarting its recent agreement and making the sprint towards developing a nuclear weapon, had forced Jerusalem to take preemptive measures.
In related news, Iran’s intelligence minister claimed Monday that Israel, the U.S. and the UK continue to attempt to overthrow the regime in Tehran.
“The intelligence services of the U.S., Israel, Mossad, MI6 and certain regional states are making attempts to challenge the Islamic Republic’s security,” the intel chief told state-run Fars News Monday.
Iran continues to pursue a policy that openly seeks the destruction of the Jewish state.
On Tuesday, a senior Iranian official told Tehran state-media, “Our positions against the usurper Zionist (Israel) regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan.”
Moreover, Iran’s “Supreme Leader,” Ali Khamenei, who has ultimate authority in the country, has called for the Muslim world to “unite and destroy Israel.”
Last month, Khamenei said:
If the Islamic Ummah were united and relied on their own commonalities, they would certainly be a unique power in the international political scene but big powers have imposed such divisions on the Islamic Ummah to pursue their own interests and safeguard the Zionist regime [of Israel].