Iran to ‘Blow Up Heart’ of Israel if Attacked


iranIran would “blow up the heart” of Israel if attacked by Israelor the US, a Revolutionary Guards official was quoted yesterday as saying.  “Even if one American or Zionist missile hits our country, before the dust settles, Iranian missiles will blow up the heart of Israel,” Mojtaba Zolnour said, according to Irna news agency.

Zolnour is a deputy representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the elite Guards force. Iranian officials have previously said Tehran would retaliate in the event of an Israeli or U.S attack.

Separately, a senior cleric predicted a new Palestinian uprising, after clashes at the flashpoint Al Aqsa mosque two weeks ago increased tension in Yerushalayim, state television said.

“The Zionists have for the umpteenth time launched an attack on Al Aqsa mosque … Know that with these crimes that you have now perpetrated the third Intifada will take shape,” Ahmed Khatami told Friday prayer worshippers in Tehran.

After the sermon, a few hundred people staged an anti-Israeli rally in central Tehran, a witness said.

Israel has not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to end a dispute over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, echoing US policy, although Washington is engaged in a drive to resolve the issue through direct talks with Tehran.

{Yair Israel/Reuters}