Iranian officials continue to threaten Israel amid the war with Hamas, with the former commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Mohsen Rezaee, chiming in on Sunday.
Rezaee cautioned that "in the coming days, we'll see additional fronts join the conflict in Gaza," reported Ynet.
He was quoted as having told Lebanese news outlet Al-Mayadeen, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, that "if the pressure on Gaza’s residents continues, the war will receive greater support. Hamas is not alone; it has the support of resistance forces in Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen."
Rezaee argued that "the war in Gaza is a war for control of the region, and it’ll determine the fate of Israel and the fate of the resistance axis, which will play a larger role in the future."
He also directly commented on the Houthi hijacking of an Israeli-leased cargo ship, saying that "the United States is responsible for the ship’s hijacking — because it has the capability to force Israel to retreat."
A Wall Street Journal report after Hamas’ October 7 attack claimed that Iranian security officials helped plan the attack and gave the green light for the assault at a meeting in Beirut.
Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has denied any Iranian involvement in the Hamas attack.
Nevertheless, Iranian officials have threatened Israel in recent weeks. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian recently warned Israel that Lebanese and Palestinian Arab terrorists had their "finger on the trigger" to respond to an Israeli ground operation in the Gaza Strip.
Last week, he warned that expansion of the Israel-Hamas war has become "inevitable" because of what he described as “the increasing intensity of the war against the civilian residents of Gaza.”
On Saturday, he issued another threat, telling the Financial Times that regional conflict could be unavoidable if Israeli attacks on Gaza continue, even though Iran does not wish the Israel-Hamas war to spread further.