December 17, 2014
MEMRI Special Dispatch No.5906
Iranian Regime Escalates Threats To Annihilate Israel
As the November 24, 2014 deadline for the Joint Plan of Action between Iran
and the P5+1 approached, and as global oil prices have dropped sharply –
severely impacting the Iranian economy – Iranian officials, mostly from
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), have within a short span
of six weeks significantly ratcheted up their calls to annihilate Israel.
IRGC officials emphasized the missile capabilities of Iran and of the
Palestinian factions that it arms, saying that these will hasten Israel's
One major motif in statements during this time by Iranian regime officials
is the arming of the West Bank. At an Islamic conference in Tehran in late
November 2014, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reiterated the promise he had
made several months previously, that the West Bank will be armed with
missiles, as Gaza had been armed, and that Israel's security would
deteriorate by the day. IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari predicted that
Israel would be eliminated thanks to the missile capabilities of the
resistance factions, and his deputy, Hossein Mohammad Salami, stated that
the West Bank would become hell for Israel, whose destruction is imminent.
Basij commander Mohammad Reza Naqdi said that Iran was determined to hold
victory prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Furthermore, Hossein Sheikholeslam, secretary-general of the Tehran-based
Committee for Support for the Palestinian Intifada and an advisor to Majlis
speaker Ali Larijani, said that Iran was committed to implementing Iranian
regime founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's call to destroy Israel, and
called on Palestinians to launch an intifada as "the most peaceful way" to
regain their stolen lands. Members of the Majlis National Security and
Foreign Policy committee stressed that Leader Khamenei had ordered the West
Bank armed in order to hasten Israel's annihilation and that Iran intended
to follow those orders.
Also, Tasmimnews.com, which is affiliated with the IRGC, threatened, on
December 4, 2014, that in its next confrontation with Israel, Hizbullah will
use its Iranian missiles to attack five infrastructure and energy centers in
Haifa, including Haifa Port, the Petrochemical Industries, the Electric
Corporation, the Matam Scientific Industries Center, and the city's subway
This paper will review statements by Iranian officials announcing the coming
annihilation of Israel:
Leader Khamenei: "Young People... Write To Me Begging, 'Let Us Go Fight The
In a November 25, 2014 speech at the International Conference on Extremist
and Takfiri Groups in View of Muslim Scholars, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
stressed the importance of the Palestine issue: "Do not let the issue of
Palestine, Jerusalem, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque be forgotten... The Zionist
regime intends to occupy Jerusalem, occupy the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and weaken
the Palestinians as much as possible in light of the fact that they are
ignored by the Islamic world, every member of the public, and the Islamic
Khamenei's promise to arm the West Bank on his office's Facebook page
"We thank God that the Islamic Republic, its government, and its nation are
united on this matter. Iran's government and our exalted Imam [Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini] have said from outset that our policy is support for
Palestine and hostility towards the Zionist regime. This policy continues to
this day; we have not deviated from this line for 35 years, and our nation
stands with us with a strong will on this matter.
"Every so often, when young people turn to us but receive no response, they
write to me begging, 'Let us go fight the Zionist regime on the front
lines.' The [Iranian] nation yearns to fight the Zionists, and the Islamic
Republic has shown this... I have already said this, and this will indeed
come to pass. The West Bank must arm itself like Gaza and be prepared for
defense... The Zionist regime is much weaker than it once was."
In a speech to Basij officials on November 27, 2014, Khamenei added:
"Security in Israel is destabilizing daily. [The Americans] must know that
Israel will not be safe, whether or not there is a nuclear deal."
In early December 2014, Khamenei's office launched a media campaign titled
"We Love Fighting the Zionists." On December 1, 2014, it published a poster
showing young people holding signs saying "We Yearn to Fight Israel" and
quoting Khamenei's November 25 speech: "Every so often, when young people
turn to us and receive no reply, they write to me begging, 'Let us go fight
the Zionist regime on the front lines.' The [Iranian] nation yearns to fight
the Zionists, and the Islamic Republic has shown this."
The poster from Khamenei's website: Young Iranians Yearn to Fight Israel
On December 2, 2014, Khamenei's office launched an Instagram account
(Instagram.com/ fightingthezionists) linked to Khamenei's official Instagram
account (Instagram.com/ Khamenei_ir), encouraging users to upload photos and
posters expressing their willingness to fight Israel (see below). As of
December 16, 2014, the account had 4,600 followers and featured 402 photos
Khamenei's office encourages Instagram followers to upload photos to the
campaign (Source: Instagram.com/fightingthezionists)
Photos from the campaign. Young men hold signs saying "The Iranian nation
loves fighting Zionism" (Source: Instagram.com/fightingthezionists)
Khamenei Associate: "Today, Iran's Sword Is Stuck In The Throat Of Israel's
In a November 12, 2014 speech in Qom, Mehdi Taeb, head of the Ammar Base
think tank and an advisor to Leader Khamenei, said: "Today, Iran's sword is
stuck in the throat of Israel's accursed regime, and according to the orders
of Islamic Republic founder Khomeini, this oppressive regime must be
eliminated from the world map... The Imam Khomeini saw the Basij [as a
force] that would destroy the Zionist regime, and today, by the grace of
God, Iran is besieging Israel with these popular forces."
IRGC Commander: "All The Occupied Territories Are Within Range Of The
Rockets Of The Resistance – Which Spells The Fall Of The Zionist Regime"
On November 24, 2014, IRGC Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said: "Today, all
the occupied territories [i.e. Israel] are within range of the rockets of
the resistance – which spells the fall of the Zionist regime. Of course this
doesn't end here; the final liberation [of Palestine] will surely be
realized. Our war will bring about Palestine's victory."
IRGC Deputy Commander: "Soon, There Will Be No Such Thing As The Zionist
Regime On Planet Earth"
In an interview with Iranian TV on November 30, 2014, IRGC Deputy Commander
Hossein Salami said: "Iran will allow no developments [in the region] that
benefit the Zionist regime, because this is not in line with the logic of
the [Islamic] Revolution... We will reach every oppressed person asking for
help, anywhere in the world... Did the Americans succeed in rescuing the
Zionist regime from defeat in the 2006 Lebanon war and the other wars? The
Palestinians in the West Bank have not abandoned their goals, and the day
will come when the West Bank becomes hell for the Zionist regime – and one
day we will see the sons of the West Bank shaking hands with the sons of
On December 3, 2014, Salami told a student conference, "Today we are aware
of how the Zionist regime is slowly being erased from the world, and indeed,
soon, there will be no such thing as the Zionist regime on Planet Earth."
IRGC Aerospace Force And Missile Unit Commander: Thanks To Iran, Tel Aviv Is
Under Fire From Gaza And Hizbullah Fighters
On November 29, 2014, IRGC Aerospace Force and Missile Unit commander Amir
Ali Hajizadeh said, "Thanks to Iran's support, Tel Aviv is currently under a
crisscross of fire from Gaza and Hizbullah fighters. The oppressive and
accursed Zionist regime cannot withstand the resistance front and is
destined to be defeated..."
IRGC Qods Force Deputy Commander: Israel Is One Of The World's Most Unsafe
In a December 5, 2014 speech in Mashhad, IRGC Qods Force Deputy Commander
Esmail Qaani said: "Israel is one of the world's most unsafe places.
America's chief mission is to preserve the security of the Zionist regime,
but Hizbullah can level that country with its missiles."
IRGC Naval Official: Israel Will Be Destroyed In The Near Future
On November 27, 2014, IRGC Second Naval Zone Rear Adm. Ali Razmjou said,
"The Zionist regime moves closer to its collapse every day, and will be
shattered and eliminated from the world map in the near future, thanks to
the resistance of Basij and Hizbullah members throughout the world."
Basij Commander: We Are Determined To Hold Victory Prayers At Al-Aqsa Mosque
At a November 26, 2014 Basij conference, Basij Commander Mohammad Reza Naqdi
said, "The cowardly enemy should know that the Iranian nation will not
reconcile with America and the Zionist regime... [IRGC Qods Force Commander
Qassem] Soleimani is the general of Islam on the front lines of the jihad to
liberate Jerusalem... The Iranian nation and the Basij members are
determined to hold victory and liberation prayers led by the Imam [Khamenei]
at Al-Aqsa Mosque."
IRGC Aerospace Force Deputy Commander: Hizbullah And Palestinian Resistance
Can Strike Anywhere In Israel
IRGC Aerospace Force Deputy Commander Majid Mousavi told the Fars news
agency in a November 12, 2014 interview: "The policy of the Islamic Republic
[of Iran] regarding support for the resistance forces and the resistance
front is to provide them with the ability to build and produce the products
by themselves... With regard to the ranges of missiles, [the resistance
organizations] can now use their missiles to strike all targets in the
occupied territories [Israel], both in the south and the north. According to
statements, these organizations have classified capabilities for widespread
missile operations up to the level of Fateh missiles [with a range of
Fars: With Iran Equipping It With Missiles, The Resistance Can "Wreak Havoc
On [Israel's] Navy... And Huge Gas Reserves"
An article titled "The Illusion Of Israel's Natural Gas Will Be Buried In
The Mediterranean," published by Fars on November 29, 2014, stated: "In
recent years, the Zionist regime has discovered natural gas resources in the
Mediterranean, particularly the Tamar gas field, which is 80 km from Haifa
port, and the Leviathan, which is five kilometers underwater... [They] will
be suitable targets for Hizbullah's Fateh naval missiles... These fields
begin from the area of Ras Al-Naqoura [Rosh HaNikra in Israel] which is
close to the Lebanon border, and end at Ashkelon beach, on the northern
border of the Gaza strip... In addition to these two gas fields, there are
smaller fields – Mary B and Dalit.
"If, eight years ago [during the 2006 Lebanon war], Hizbullah managed to
strike Israel's modern and advanced [Sa'ar] missile boats in the
Mediterranean only with short-range cruise missiles, by means of equipping
the resistance with Khalij-e Fars and Hormuz missiles (both of which are
from the family of the Fateh missile) it will be able to wreak havoc on
[Israel's] navy, anti-tank defense systems, and huge gas reserves."
Committee For Support Of The Palestinian Intifada Secretary-General:
Israel's Destruction Is Important, No Matter The Method
In a November 25, 2014 conference in Tehran, "The Need to Arm the West
Bank," Hossein Sheikholeslam, secretary-general of the Tehran-based
Committee for Support for the Palestinian Intifada and an advisor to Majlis
speaker Ali Larijani, said: "What the Islamic Republic of Iran wanted in the
region has happened, and will continue [to happen] in the future as well. In
this context, destroying the Zionist regime is one of our demands. The issue
of Israel's destruction is important, no matter the method. We will
obviously implement the strategy of the Imam Khomeini and the Leader
[Khamenei] on the issue of destroying the Zionists. The region will not be
quiet so long as Israel exists in it...
"Intifada means giving one's life to obtain rights. Now, the Palestinians,
who are the owners of this land, stand strong with all their might to chase
away the occupiers. The intifada is the most logical and peaceful way to
realize the rights of Palestinians, and one which will eventually bring
about the destruction of the Zionists."
Majlis National Security And Foreign Policy Committee Members: Arming The
West Bank Is One Of Our Goals; Israel Is At Risk Of Annihilation
On November 28, 2014, Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee
member Javad Karimi Qodosi said: "After 60 years in which the heads of
Zionism invested tremendous efforts around the world, especially in America
and Britain, the oppressive Zionist regime sees itself at risk of certain
and total destruction. The proof of this is the struggle by the forces in
Gaza and the residents of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, who are waging a
bloody battle against the Zionist regime as part of their efforts to launch
a new intifada against it... The meaning of the declaration of the
establishment of a Jewish state in Jerusalem [referring to the proposed law
on Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People] is Israel's
"The current events in occupied Palestine will cause massive upheavals in
the region in the near future, and these upheavals will prepare the ground
for the Zionist regime's certain and complete destruction."
On November 28, 2014, the committee's deputy chair, Mansour Haghighatpour
said: "One of our goals is to arm the West Bank, because it is the best
measure for fighting the Zionist regime."
Tasnim: Hizbullah Will Attack Five Strategic Infrastructure And Energy
Centers In Haifa
On December 4, 2014, Tasnimnews.com, which is affiliated with the IRGC,
published an article titled "Israel's Five Critical Lifelines in Haifa Are
Within Range of Hizbullah's Missiles" that gave details and aerial
photographs of Haifa's major industries and the damage that missile strikes
against them could cause. The article stated: "Israel has five important
and sensitive centers in the port city of Haifa near the Lebanese border,
which constitute a critical lifeline for this regime... Most of the Israeli
government and economic centers are located in the two major cities of Haifa
and Tel Aviv. Haifa is more important with regard to [Israel's] economy and
infrastructure, which is why it is called 'Israel's economic heart'...
"If we note that Hizbullah officials, including Hassan Nasrallah and Naim
Qassem, have said that Hizbullah possesses accurate Iranian missiles, it is
possible that in the next war, the Islamic resistance in Lebanon will target
these centers in the first phase...
"Haifa Port: Israel's Economic Heart
"Haifa port is a commercial port, and every year millions of dollars of
goods are exported via it to other countries, and goods are imported via it
into the occupied territories [Israel].
"Aerial photo shows Haifa port and international airport
"The regime occupying Jerusalem has large petrochemical industries at Haifa
port, which produce various petrochemical products... for [Israel's]
domestic use and for export, including large quantities of ammonia. Next to
the petrochemical industries there are also large storage facilities for the
"Aerial photo of the Haifa Petrochemical complex and its storage facilities
"An ammonia leak from the Haifa port storage facilities will do great damage
to the Zionists, because it would threaten all the Zionists living in Haifa.
The Zionists were recently forced to evacuate residents from seven cities
near these facilities due to a minor leak of this poisonous gas from one
"The Jaffa Electric Company [name of the Israel Electric Corporation
1921-1923] Provides Power For All Of The Occupied Territories [Israel]
"The Israelis have a central electric company and the regime government
controls 99.85% of its shares. The company's main control center is in
Haifa, and it is responsible for 17 power plants in five locations in the
occupied territories [Israel].
"Main electric company center on the Mediterranean coast
"Main building for the Jaffa Company
"MATAM [Scientific Industries Center] – Israel's Virtual Heart
"The MATAM complex is a small city within Haifa, and is considered the
[Zionist] regime's leading science and technology park. This technological
city, which creates Internet content, includes buildings and official
representations of various world-famous companies. Phillips, Microsoft,
Yahoo, Google, and IBM are the world's most important hardware and software
computer and telecommunications giants – and all of them have offices in the
"Haifa Subway – Israel's Train Traffic Center
"The Haifa train is extremely important because it transports thousands of
passengers as well as goods throughout Israel every day.
"Haifa train station
"Haifa's central train station is located near the port, and so far has been
struck by only one Lebanese Hizbullah missile, which killed several
"Eliminate Israel from the World Map" cake at an IRGC and Basij conference
in Tehran (Source: Mashregh News, Iran, September 2, 2014)
 See MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis Series Report No. 1135, Iranian IRGC
Missile Unit Commanders: We've Developed 2,000-km Range Missiles And
Equipped Hizbullah With 300-km Range Missiles; Fars News Agency: Israel's
Illusions About Its Natural Gas Fields Will Be Buried In The Mediterranean,
December 4, 2014.
 Farsi.khamenei.ir, November 25, 2014.
 Farsi.khamenei.ir, November 27, 2014.
 Snn.ir, November 12, 2014.
 Fars (Iran), November 24, 2014.
 Yjc.ir, November 30, 2014.
 Tasnimnews.com (Iran), December 3, 2014.
 Yjc.ir, November 29, 2014.
 Fars (Iran), December 5, 2014.
 IRNA (Iran), November 27, 2014.
 Javan (Iran), November 26, 2014.
 Fars (Iran), November 12, 2014.
 Fars (Iran), November 29, 2014.
 Fars (Iran), November 25, 2014.
 Namayande.com, November 28, 2014.
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