Iranian General: Israel ‘one step away from the cemetery’

Yahya Rahim Safavi / AP


A senior military adviser to Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Israel had brought itself "one step away from the cemetery," according to Reuters.

Yahya Rahim-Safavi, military adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the increasing threats from Israel to strike Iranian nuclear facilities were "foolish", the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported on Friday. …

"If, one day, the Israeli regime takes action against us, resistance groups, especially Hezbollah … will respond more easily," said Safavi, a former commander in chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made increasing hints in recent weeks that Israel could strike Iran and has criticized U.S. President Barack Obama's position that sanctions and diplomacy should be given more time.

Safavi used to serve as commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, according to Mehr News.