The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said today Israel would soon be destroyed by the “hands of Hezbollah”, the Lebanese guerilla group backed by the Islamic Republic, Fars News Agency reported.
Guards commander-in-chief Mohammad Ali Jafari made the comment in a letter to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, to offer condolences after the killing of senior guerrilla commander Imad Mughniyah in a car bomb last week in Damascus.
“In the near future, we will witness the destruction of the cancerous germ of Israel by the powerful and competent hands of the Hezbollah combatants,” Jafari was quoted as saying.
Western analysts say the Revolutionary Guards, an ideological wing of Iran’s armed forces, has given military support to Hezbollah. Tehran denies this, saying it only provides moral backing to the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group.
By Yoav Stern and Barak Ravid
© Haaretz, 18.02.2008