TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday dismissed recent harsh rhetoric by the occupying regime of Israel’s leaders against Tehran, including their threat of a possible bombing, as a sign of "weakness and impotence”.
Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told reporters in Tehran that the Islamic Republic will respond "with a crushing blow” to "any aggression or foolhardy action” to make the perpetrator regret it.
His strong-worded remarks came after Zionist foreign minister Yisrael Katz was quoted by the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera on Saturday as saying that "an Israeli attack on Iran is an existing possibility that is under discussion”.
"If Iran crosses the ‘red line’, it will discover a uniform front between Saudi Arabia, UAE and the United States, which will launch hundreds of Tomahawk missiles at Tehran,” he said.
On Sunday, the occupying regime’s war minister Naftali Bennett warned against what he called Iran’s continued presence in Syria, saying Tel Aviv would prevent the establishment of a stable Iranian military presence in the Arab country.
"It is no secret that Iran is trying to establish a ring of fire around” Israel, Bennett said at a conference. "We say to Iran: Syria will become your Vietnam.”
The aggressive rhetoric heats up as the occupying regime of Israel finds itself on the verge of a third election in less than a year unless politicians can put aside differences and form a coalition by midnight Wednesday.
In this drawn-out campaign season, Zionist leaders have been eager to demonstrate a willingness to confront the regime’s enemies.
Unidentified warplanes reportedly conducted airstrikes on Dayr al-Zawr province late Saturday, killing five pro-government fighters.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air raids hit positions on the edge of the town of Albukamal. "Five non-Syrian fighters were killed,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the observatory, told AFP, without being able to specify their nationalities.
From time to time, Israel claims targeting Iranian forces or Iran-backed fighters in Syria. Tehran has a policy of not commenting on such claims, saying they do not merit a response.
Iran says it has no troops other than military advisers in Syria, which has retaken most of the territories held by foreign-backed militants and terrorist groups.