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      Iran Threatens Israel with Missile Barrage if Attacked

      Iran continues to threaten Israel, this time hinting it will hit it with up to 150,000 missiles if its nuclear facilities are attacked.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 11/28/2011, 10:12 AM

      In a continuation of its statements from the past several days, Iran on Sunday threatened Israel with a barrage of missiles, if the Jewish State attacks its nuclear facilities.

      Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi told the Fars news agency that Israel will not have a minimal chance of survival after attacking Iran.

      “The enemy must answer this question, if it attacks Iran, for how long a battle and losing how many of its warships and vessels has it prepared itself?” Vahidi said.

      “Why is the Zionist regime making threats (against Iran)? How many missiles have they prepared themselves for? 10,000? 20,000? 50,000? 100,000? 150,000 or more?” he added.

      He advised the U.S. and its allies to realize Iran’s incredible might and said that in the event of a war, the Islamic Republic will teach the Americans what war really is and what soldiers are supposed to be like.

      The latest threat comes after on Saturday, Iran threatened to target NATO’s missile defense installations in Turkey if the U.S. or Israel attacks the Islamic Republic.

      Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, said, “Should we be threatened, we will target NATO’s missile defense shield in Turkey and then hit the next targets.”

      Another senior Guard commander, Yadollah Javani, threatened that Tehran will target Israel’s nuclear facilities if the Jewish state attacks Iran.

      “If Israel fires a missile at our nuclear facilities or vital installations, it should know that Israel’s nuclear centers will be the target of our missiles,” Javani said.

      Tensions have been rising between Iran and the West since the release of a report earlier this month by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which said that Tehran was suspected of conducting secret experiments whose sole purpose was the development of nuclear arms.

      Meanwhile, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported on Sunday that Israel plans to clarify to the United States this week that the sanctions imposed on Iran are important, but not enough.

      According to the report, Israel will give this message to David Cohen, the U.S. Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, who will arrive in Israel on Monday for talks on the Iranian sanctions.

      During his visit, Cohen is expected to meet with security officials and with Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

      Last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made similar comments and said, “While it is very important that significant economic sanctions have been imposed, it is insufficient.  Effective sanctions must continue to be imposed on its petrochemical industries and on the Iranian central bank as well, and soon.”