IRGC walks back controversial threat against Israel

Ramezan Sharif, the spokesman for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said that the recent threats made against Israel by Morteza Ghorbani, identified by the media as the advisor to the commander in chief of the IRGC, has been “misunderstood and distorted by the media”.

Ramezan Sharif said on Wednesday that “according to the assessments”, what Ghorbani said was “in fact about responding to Israel through the available tools and capabilities.”

Morteza Ghorbani had said on Monday: “If the Zionist regime makes the slightest mistake with regards to Iran, we will turn Tel Aviv into a pile of rubble from Lebanon, and there wouldn’t even be a need for missiles being launched from Iran.”

But the Lebanese Defense Minister, Elias Bou Saab, on Tuesday, responded to Ghorbani’s comments by saying that if true, the comments are “regrettable, unacceptable, and against Lebanon’s national sovereignty”.

While mentioning Tehran and Beirut’s “cordial relationship”, Bou Saab tweeted: “Hurting Lebanon’s independence in decision-making in any way is unacceptable.”

The spokesman for the IRGC blamed the media for this misunderstanding and asked the media to be more careful in their reports.

He also claimed that Morteza Ghorbani “is not currently the advisor to the commander in chief of the IRGC” but he is working with the armed forces in other areas. He did not elaborate on his current position.

In response to Ghorbani’s comments, the Defense Minister of Israel warned Iran that “Syria will become your Vietnam”.


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