Threatening Tweets were addressed to Israel on Friday by Hossein Salami, Iran’s Rev Guards vice commander: “Our hands are on the trigger,” “Your airbases are within reach,” and “You have no way to escape but to the sea,” the Iranian general tweeted.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, leading a festive Independence Day cabinet meeting, replied: “We hear the threats from Iran. The IDF and security forces are ready for any development.”
Since Iran stepped up its bellicose rhetoric, Israel’s defense deployments on the Syrian and Lebanon borders were substantially beefed up and its air force placed on alert to meet a possible Iranian reprisal for its T-4 attack. Intelligence analysts have advised the government that the threats are to be taken seriously. Although the national holidays of Memorial Day and the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence passed without security incidents, the military maintained a high level of preparedness.
By his two Twitter messages, the Iranian general Friday brought the threating rhetoric to a new level: “Don’t have hope in US and UK; when they arrive, you won’t be there… Smallest goal will be your existence. You can’t bear. When you escape, you’ll have no way but to the sea.”
In an earlier tweet Salami warned, “Hands are on the trigger and missiles are ready and will be launched at any moment that enemy has a sinister plot… North and west of Israel are at the intersection of fire; you will not escape. You live in the dragon’s mouth.”