A top Iranian General has vowed to destroy Israel, warning “there will soon be no way to escape but the sea”, raising fears of a major outbreak of conflict in the volatile Middle East, the Express reported on Monday.
The comments were made by Brigadier General Hossein Salami, second-in-command of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards force, during a speech to his troops in the city of Isfahan.
Referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he said: “I tell the Prime Minister of the Zionist regime that he should practice swimming in the Mediterranean.
“Because soon there will be no way to escape but the sea.”
General Salami went on to claim that Israel could be defeated by terror group Hezbollah, which Iran supports.
He claimed: “The Zionist regime does not have any true elements of state and government and it is not at the level to present a threat to us.
“Hezbollah is enough to defeat it.”
The Iranian regime provides Hezbollah, which formed in 1985 in response to Israeli intervention in Lebanon, with weapons and money.
Hezbollah is believed to have up to 150,000 rockets and missiles stored away across Lebanon.