A senior Iranian official on Sunday dismissed the United States military buildup in the region, saying that American wouldn’t dare attack out of fear of Iranian retribution against Israel.
“The US military forces’ deployment in the Persian Gulf is more of the nature of psychological warfare. They are not ready for a war, specially when Israel is within our range,” the Iranian Parliament vice-speaker Ali Motahhari said on Sunday, according to the FARS news agency.
Meanwhile, a senior Israeli official warned that Israel could indeed be caught in the crossfire of a US-Iran conflict either by direct rocket attack or through one of Iran’s proxies, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon or Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Gaza.
“Things are heating up. I wouldn’t rule anything out. Iran may fire rockets at Israel,” Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told the Ynet news site.
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