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Iranian Official: Israel Will Be First Victim of U.S. Strike in Syria

August 26, 2013 10:26 am 27 comments
Hossein Sheikholeslam, director-General of the Iranian parliament for International Affairs. Photo: Screenshot.

Hossein Sheikholeslam, director-General of the Iranian parliament for International Affairs. Photo: Screenshot.

A senior member of Iran’s parliament said on Monday that a U.S. attack on Syria was unlikely, but if it were to occur, Israel would be the first victim of ensuing violence, Iran’s national FARS news agency reported.

“No military attack will be waged against Syria,”  Director-General of the parliament for International Affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam said. “Yet, if such an incident takes place, which is impossible, the Zionist regime will be the first victim of a military attack on Syria.”

Sheikholeslam claimed that the Syrian army is highly capable of defending itself against military action, and that it could attack and raze parts of Israel, which he said, would not be in the interest of the U.S.

FARS also cited Mohammad Esmayeeli, member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, who said the U.S. is not ready for another war, but if it declared war on Syria, it would also have to contend with Russia, which he claimed, will support Damascus.

“The U.S. as well as the western and Arab states and certain regional countries are beating the drums of war, but they should know that this is not to their benefit,” Esmayeeli said. “If [it] starts a war with Syria, the U.S. will not achieve its desired and needed results… Russia will likely stand up to these threats.”

On Sunday, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, began a three-day emergency meeting of defense chiefs from 10 nations in Amman, Jordan, to discuss implications of the ongoing civil war in Syria, and reports of chemical weapons use by the embattled regime of President Bashar Al-Assad. The meeting is co-hosted by Jordan’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Mishaal Zaben, and includes top generals from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Canada.

According to U.S. Army newspaper Stars and Stripes, the U.S. has some 1,000 troops based in Jordan, including a headquarters unit, an F-16 fighter detachment at the Mafraq air base, as well as Patriot anti-missile systems at two sites in the kingdom. In addition, the USS Kearsarge, a Marine amphibious assault ship, is reported to be approaching Jordan’s only port of Aqaba. The U.S. Navy has also deployed an extra destroyer to the eastern Mediterranean, bringing to four the number of warships in the area capable of firing cruise missiles against land targets, Stars and Stripes said.

Stars and Stripes said the Jordanian military, which boasts 120,000 troops, has deployed many of its combat units to its northern border with Syria in an effort to prevent a spillover of the ongoing fighting between rebel groups, and the regime of President Assad. Jordanian officials said about 560,000 Syrians have already fled across the frontier.

27 Comments

  • It,s never been about people it,s about Money and Power and who pulls the middle east chain.

  • I tried to post a very similar comment but it did not get accepted .
    i totally agree with you.

  • Peter Tatiner

    What bullies they are, the Iranians. Accomplished at terrorizing innocents, brutalizing women and liberals and articulating the vilest antisemitic blood libels. Simply despicable and without honor or beyond redemption. What god condones such vulgarity?

  • If Israel is to be the first victim , then Iran will be the second with all that entails

  • Question.- What to think today (August 27, 2013) of the preparations for war against Syria by the USA, Europe and traitor Arab nations, on the falsehood of use by Assad of chemical weapons?

    Answer.- Anything can happen. Even the unthinkable. Such as the nuclear incineration of the entire Middle East, including Israel. The reason is quite simple. The Devil is immune to thermonuclear radioactivity and he hates everybody. Nuclear devastation in the mentioned area is no good for anybody, except for the Devil to enjoy himself in the slaughter and damnation of millions of souls.

  • If the Syrians want to keep killing each other, then let them get on with it. I am English. It is not our war and David Cameron needs to keep his nose out. “NOT IN MY NAME”

  • Does not Yisroel have cruise missles deployed on their German Dolphin class Subs?

  • I think what he meant to be most titillating was his statement that a U.S. attack on Syria is “impossible”. Not “unlikely” as the article first suggests.

  • EXACTLY what obama is hoping for

  • Richard Baron

    When a person or country feels insecure they show off a bark which is bigger than their bite.

    This is the case with Iran. They know themselves that they don’t have the power to act, and they have much more to lose

  • “Mother of all battles”?

    Arab blah,blah, blah.

  • Israel should announce they if forced to fight a defensive war against Syria, they will keep any land they are take in such a war. That’s a warning that used to keep the bad guys in check and should be used in this case.

    • And same should be for Israel.If Israel losses any land in the batle then Syria would take that land for themselves.

  • robert zucker

    If Syria uses chemical weapons against an essentially neutral Israel, Israel should be ready to deliver a decapitating blow to the regimes in Damascus and Teheran.

  • Nations have a right to be prepared for self-defense…and does not mean it is instigating a war with anyone, especially in the Middle East where it seems that all the war talk comes from Israel…

    • War talk from Israel? That’s rich! Every Arab state has sworn to destroy Israel just because they’re Jews. No other reason whatsoever, so excuse Israel from defending its citizens, again and again and again…..
      Arab hate Jews because the Jews have Israel and have made a success where they couldn’t. Don’t blame Israel for Arab instability and sectarian violence. Arabs have dug their own graves…

  • we are so lucky to have such people for enemies……

  • Don’t forget that Israel has nuclear weapons for its own defense!!

    • Yes, and would never use them. That is the difference between civilization and the barbarians (Iran, etc.).

      • well what happened in the gulf war – we didn’t even need to — we didn’t even throw one bomb at anyone!!

        we were completely protected from all the Iranian scad missiles!!

        if they didn’t learn a lesson from that – they will get worse now! G-d protects us and that is the only reason for us being alive after all this history of being the most sought-after peoplel in history of being tried to eradicate!

        Their end with all the Muslim brotherhood is facing their ultimate end!

  • All the big mouths, but Iranian regime will fall apart like a card tower.

    • John Galt, Jr

      Everyone anticipates the downfall of Mullist Iran but it never happens and for a reason. The bazaaris and merchant class loathe chaos and the regime plays their own game well. Protesters were summarily raped and executed in the popular demonstaetions years ago while Mr Obama & Co dithered. The mullahs know that the threat of a world-wide explosion of violence waits us all and the West has no stomach for this. For this reason, Mssrs. Kerry and Obama’s protestations will amount to much hot air and little action. Our Chinese and Russian friends will assure this. And maybe for the better; let the Arabs sort out the sociopath is of their own societies.

  • If it happens – Syria will be the 2nd and Iran the 3rd

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