Iran May Launch Pre-Emptive Strike On Israel, Conflict Could Grow Into WWIII


An Iranian military official has warned that military conflict between Iran and Israel could “turn into World War III.” He added that if Israel “is putting the final touches on attacking Iran,” a preemptive strike against Tel Aviv would ensue.

­Israel “cannot imagine” the force of Iran’s response if Tel Aviv attacks it, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iran’s Arabic-language television network. “It will sustain heavy damage and that will be a prelude to its obliteration,” he said.

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Hajizadeh added that Iran does not see this happening at the moment because he does not believe that Israel will conduct an attack without its strongest ally – the United States.

If America does decide to back an Israeli plan to strike Iran, Hejizadeh insists Tehran will retaliate against both Tel Aviv and Washington.

“Tehran will definitely attack US bases in Bahrain, Qatar and Afghanistan…there will be no neutral country in the region,” Hajizadeh said. “To us, these bases are equal to US soil.”

The statement comes after the head of the Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said that a war between Iran and Israel “will eventually happen.” Jafari did not speculate on a possible date or location of the war.

“If they begin [aggression], it will spell their destruction and will be the end of the story,” Jafari told local news agencies.

Jafari’s deputy backed up his statements, telling Fars news agency that Iran will not start a war with Israel, but will respond to provocation.

“Iran’s defensive strategy is based on the assumption that we will engage in a war, a massive battle against a global coalition led by the US,” Deputy Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Brig.-Gen. Hossein Salami said.

“If the Zionists act against Iran, it will be a historic opportunity for the Islamic Revolution to wipe them off the world’s geographic history,” he continued.

The latest statements come in response to Tel Aviv’s threats to strike Iranian nuclear facilities. Israel insists that numerous sanctions have failed to curb Tehran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

On September 2, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused world powers, including the US, of failing to draw a “clear red line.”

“Until Iran sees this clear red line and this determination, it won’t stop advancing its nuclear program. Iran must never be allowed to acquire nuclear arms,” Netanyahu said.

The Obama administration refused to meet Israel’s demand. On September 14, President Obama said that there would not be any “red lines or deadlines” because “there remains time and space for diplomacy.”

The statements coincide with US led anti-mine sweeping exercises currently taking place in the Persian Gulf. The drills are being interpreted as a show of force – warning Tehran not to disrupt vital oil routes in the Strait of Hormuz.

American officials insist that the exercises were entirely defensive in nature and not directed at any particular country.

As tension continues to mount between Israel and Iran, Tehran continues to insist that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.


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6 thoughts on “Iran May Launch Pre-Emptive Strike On Israel, Conflict Could Grow Into WWIII

  • September 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    If you look at the region, Syria is like Spain in the 1930’s, but that does not mean it will be WW3 does it. Preemptive strike, go ahead it would save me the trouble of having to stage an attempted kidnapping of our own soldiers to kick it off with Hassan the Great. Which means I am going to need the bodies of a couple Lebanese chaps. The bodies, soldiers testimony, some UAV footage of the attempt. Poland.

  • September 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Let Iran try to attack the US or Israel. It will be the end of that country and their regime. Good grief and good riddance.

  • September 23, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I do see your point, if you attack the US, the PRC may take advantage an attack Japan over the island dispute. While the US has some forces diverted to turning Iranian back to the stone age. But it is not that big an advantage, the US is highly capable. Maybe Vlad will attack Georgia too.

    That is life, don’t fear it embrace it. That is not necessary WW3, small wars, independent wars. If US attack Iran preemptively maybe you would have some backing, but you are attacking an innocent third party.

    If you want to attack the US and your neighbors that is up to you. It is not a decision I can influence, it is your decision, so I don’t care or think about.

  • September 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Don’t forget as with Turkey and Syria, if Iran attacks the US an independent third party NATO is invoked. That is why NATO is in Afghanistan and the US went with a coalition of the willing for Iraq. Because Iraq did not attack the US, an attack on the US came from Afghanistan however. That is a lot of naval, air power and special forces if the NATO treaty is invoked.

  • September 24, 2012 at 2:04 am

    “China will not hesitate to protect Iran even with a third world war.” — Major General Zhang Zhaozhong

  • September 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    What is pre-emptive? Who said that?
    The West was the best and Netanyahu thinks it still is. Forget it.
    We bombed Vietnam to the stone age. Now that country does it better than the US. Big words. Small deeds. The US cannot win from Afghanistan, the poorest country in Asia and no defense at all.
    Come on folks, clear your heads and occupy your warmongers.


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