Israel Threatens Military Action
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned today that Iran would retaliate for sanctions aimed at Iran's oil exports and any attacks on the country, answering “threats with threats.”
“Threatening Iran and attacking Iran will harm America ... Sanctions will not have any impact on our determination to continue our nuclear course ... In response to threats of oil embargo and war, we have our own threats to impose at the right time,” said Ayatollah Khamenei during his sermons at Friday Prayer in Tehran.
Khamenei also said Iran will help any nation or group that confronts Israel, calling it a "cancer."
“I have no fear of saying that we will back and help any nation or group that wants to confront and fight against the Zionist regime (Israel),” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“We have intervened in anti-Israel matters, and it brought victory in the 33-day war by Hezbollah against Israel in 2006, and in the 22-day war,” he added. “From now on, in any place, if any nation or any group confronts the Zionist regime, we will endorse and we will help.”
He continued that Israel is a “cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut.” [IRNA, 3 February].
Meanwhile, the US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today refused to comment on a report by Davis Ignatius of the Washington Post that Panetta believes there is a “strong likelihood” that Israel will attack Iran in April, May or June.
Today, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the international sanctions have not been effective in stopping Iran’s nuclear program and the window of opportunity to take military action is closing rapidly.