Bracing for Iranian Counterstrike, Israel Exposes Iran's Air Defenses in Syria

Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem in an interview with Lebanese Al Mayadeen TV

The vice commander of Iran's revolutionary guards warned Israel Friday that the latter's airbases were "within reach", in apparent reaction to Israel's publication on Tuesday of a map showing five Tehran-controlled bases in Syria.

"Our fingers are on the trigger and the missiles are ready to launch, at any moment that the enemy wants to start something against us, we will launch", Salami told a crowd gathered to commemorate the birth of revered Imam Hussein, according to Iran's semi-official Mehr News Agency.

Hossein Salami said that Israel is living in the "mouth of the dragon" and Israelis would have nowhere to go "except the sea", in case a war erupted.

"We hear threats from Iran, and the Israeli forces are prepared for every possible Iranian move".

As tensions rise with Tehran over its escalating presence in Syria and purported willingness to act directly against the Jewish state, the Israel Air Force (IAF) announced that it was cancelling its participation in the US-run "Red Flag" drill in Alaska next month.

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"There is a huge gap between his words and the actions of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which advances an army against Israel with the stated goal of destroying the State of Israel", according to Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Netanyahu fired back at the Iranian general's threats, saying the IDF will fight whoever tries to harm the Jewish state.

Salami added: "You have no escape route". Israel's military spokesman declined to comment.

At least 7 Iranian military men were killed during the attack on Homs.

Last week, the New York Times quoted an Israeli military source who admitted that Israel was behind a recent attack on a Syrian airbase that reportedly left a number of Iranian military personnel dead. "It is not in their interest to try having a war with the Israeli army".

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Earlier on Thursday during a meeting with foreign diplomats, Netenyahu addressed the officials saying there are two things that "you can do to help Israel celebrate this great Independence Day".

"Of course there are others who do not want peace".

Israel now expects Russian Federation to intervene in the matter and accept its red lines, rejecting any Iranian military presence in Syria.

The Prime minister addressed that it is 2018 and Iran openly speaks about liquidating Israel.

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