What has long been reported has now been spoken by the Chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari. In his comments he said that war with Israel was inevitable and that Iran will do everything possible to wipe Israel off the map. When that war would take place, he said, he did not know.
"War will happen, but it is not certain where and when. The shameful and cancerous tumour that is Israel is seeking war against us, but it is not known when that war will happen. They now consider war as the only way to confront us, but they are so stupid that their (U.S.) masters should stop them."
Iran has come under fire from the international community for its nuclear development. Israel's Prime Ministerhas said that Iran is only months away from developing a nuclear weapon. There is concern by the U.S. administration that Israel will strike Iran without Washington's backing.
The U.S. administration believes that sanctions against Iran are working and that there is still time for diplomacy.
Netanyahu made his pitch to NBC and on another network and said that the U.S. must place a red line for Iran. Netanyahu made it clear that Israel, at some point, would attack Iran even without support from Washington.
"Iran is guided by a leadership with an unbelievable fanaticism. It's the same fanaticism that you see storming your embassies today. You want these fanatics to have a nuclear weapon?" Netanyahu said.
Jafari declared that nothing would remain of Israel if it chose to attack Tehran.
"It is clear that that nothing would remain in Israel (if it attacks Tehran) considering its small size and numerous vulnerabilities vis-a-vis Iran's mass of missiles."
As the war of words between Israel and Iran heat up, the Israeli PM has apparently sought to meet with President Obama. There are opposing views and stories as to why a meeting is not taking place. The U.S. administration says there was no request, while Israel claims that the request was rejected due to conflicts with the presidents schedule.
It is often hard to tell where rhetoric ends and where reality cross. With the increase in violent protests and anti-American/Israel sentiment across the Middle East, it is a dire situation for Israel.
Allegations of non-support for Israel are potentially damaging for the U.S. administration. Whether or not Netanyahu is deliberately playing in the U.S. election campaign is hard to tell.
Republicans have accused the president of not standing with its ally Israel, while the administration maintains that support for Israel has been stronger under the Obama administration than under any other administration.
Source: International Business Times