(National Sentinel)Â War Drums: Israel’s top defense official claimed on Thursday that the Iranian theocratic regime was “near collapse” and that his country would respond with overwhelming force if Tehran launched an attack.
â€œThey know that the Iranian regime is in its final days and will soon collapse,â€ Defense Minister Avigdor LiebermanÂ told Elaph, an Arab-language publication, inÂ an interview noticedÂ by Israeli media Thursday.
He said Iran was being squeezed on two fronts — economically and militarily. He added that a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal would see the reimposition of sanctions and cripple what remains of Iran’s economy.
Meanwhile, he said an Iranian military buildup in Syria risks igniting a wider war with Israel.
â€œIf they attack Tel Aviv, we will attack Tehran,â€ Lieberman said.
As further noted byÂ The Washington Examiner:
Thatâ€™s a salvo in the barrage of warnings that clashes between Israel and Iranian-controlled forces in Syria could lead to a more direct clash between the regional powers. Iranian forces â€” and their Hezbollah terrorist proxies â€” have spread throughout key Syrian territory in recent years, joining with Russia to rescue President Bashar Assad from being overthrown in a long-running civil war.
Lieberman reiterated that Israel will not allow pro-Iranian forces to entrench themselves on Israelâ€™s border.
â€œIran is trying to establish bases in Syria and arm them with advanced weapons,â€ Lieberman said. â€œEvery military outpost in Syria in which Iran seems to be trying to dig in militarily, we will destroy.â€
Iranian leaders have responded by threatening to attack Israel directly, including the country’s supreme leader.
â€œIf you provide an excuse for Iran, Tel Aviv and Haifa will be razed to the ground,â€ Ali Shirazi, an adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,Â said in mid-April.
During his talks with French PresidentÂ Emmanuel Macron, President Donald J. Trump said he was discussing the future of U.S. forces in Syria with the visiting European leader, with a focus on checking Iran’s spreading influence.
â€œI would love to get out,â€ TrumpÂ said during a joint press conferenceÂ Tuesday with Macron. â€œWith that being said, Emmanuel and myself have discussed the fact that we donâ€™t want to give Iran open season to the Mediterranean, especially since we really control it to a large extent.â€