In a televised address on April 18, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi warned that Iran’s armed forces would target “the heart” of Israel if the Jewish state makes the “slightest move” against it.
“If you make the slightest move against our nation … our armed forces’ destination will be the heart of the Zionist regime,” Raisi warned.
The Iranian president spoke as talks regarding President Joe Biden’s attempt to restore the Iran Nuclear Deal in Vienna have stalled.
While Biden and former President Barack Obama, who initiated the original nuclear deal with Iran, claimed that their deals aimed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, critics such as former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Ron Dermer have asserted that the Biden deal would put the terrorist-sponsoring nation on a path to nuclear weapons.
Naturally, Israel has opposed the deal, and Israeli officials have stated that they are not afraid to unilaterally do what is necessary to protect their country.
Following a clash between Palestinians and Israelis at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Friday, April 15, Iran called out Israel, accusing them of “Zionist” aggression. Over 150 Palestinians were injured after thousands gathered to pray at the holy site during the month of Ramadan.
According to a translated statement from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), released by private Iranian news outlet Tasnim News Agency, the IRGC called the clash a “desecration of the holy values of Muslims” and alleged it was “carried out by the Zionist regime’s military and security forces by deploying military equipment and brutally attacking defenseless Palestinian worshipers.”
In their statement, the IRGC also promised a “new wave” of support for any Palestinians that choose to rise up against Israel, and accused the Israeli state of “aggressive actions and new crimes.”