An Iranian official said on Tuesday that an attack on his country’s nuclear facilities would mean a widespread war that Israel would bear responsibility for.
The official, who spoke to Al Jazeera and was quoted by Ynet, said Israeli threats would not change the course of things.
The official was commenting to comments made earlier by IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, who spoke at the annual Herzliya Conference at Reichman University and said, "There are negative developments that could lead to action against Iran and Israel has the capabilities to do so if needed. "
"Iran has advanced in uranium enrichment like never before. Without going into details. We have the capabilities, and it is significant and important. There is a trend for countries in the region to establish ties with Iran. This stems from a desire to lower tensions in the region and avoid major confrontations," said the IDF Chief of Staff.
The Iranian official said that Israel's declarations are official terrorism that is tolerated by the international community.
"They reflect the depth of Israel's internal problems," he stated, according to Ynet. "We do not seek war, but the world must understand we have lines that there are no red lines when it comes to our response to Israel."
He went on to say that Israel was trying to justify its attacks in Syria out of concern that Damascus would improve its air defenses with the help of Tehran.
Iranian officials regularly threaten Israel, including its President Ebrahim Raisi, who said earlier this month that "the Zionist entity knows very well that they will never be able to confront Iran. Its threats are empty and the proof of this is that it cannot deal with the youth resistance in Palestine and the region. No one in the world believes these threats."
He added, “If the Zionist entity takes the smallest step against Iran, our first step will be to remove it. The first foolish step of the Zionist entity will be its last step."
In April of last year, Raisi warned that Israel will be targeted by his country's armed forces if it makes “the tiniest move” against Iran.
“If the tiniest move by you happens against nation of Iran, center of the Zionist regime will be destination of our armed forces,” Raisi said during a speech at an annual parade of Iran's armed forces.
Several months earlier, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's aerospace forces, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that Israel was "doomed to disappear" and that any action by Israel against the Islamic Republic would hasten that disappearance.
Previously, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, spoke at the United Nations Durban IV conference, where he said his nation’s "willpower is dedicated" to the elimination of Zionism.