Ali Jafari told Iranian reporters that “it is a proven claim that today we say any new war will lead to the eradication of the Zionist regime”.
The Iranian military chief said that Israel had already “seen a part of the resistance front’s power during the 33-day and 22-day wars” – referring to the 2006 and 2008 conflicts between Israel and Iranian terrorist proxies Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.
He added that “the fate of the resistance front is interwoven and they all stand united, and if Israel attacks a part of it, the other component of the front will help it”.
Jafari rejected the disarming of Hezbollah, as called for by Saudi Arabia in recent days, underlining: “Hezbollah must be armed to fight against the enemy of the Lebanese nation which is Israel. Naturally, they should have the best weapons to protect Lebanon’s security. This issue is non-negotiable”.
He also said that Iran “will not negotiate” its ballistic missile programme, which he described as “defensive”, stating that “there will be no talks about it”.
The same day, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Twitter that “the issue of Palestine” is the “primary issue among the Muslim world”, urging Muslim states to “fight against” the “cancerous tumour” of Israel.