Iranian Official: Israel to Be ‘First Victim’ of U.S. Attack on Syria

A senior Iranian lawmaker said Israel would be the first casualty of any U.S.-led strike on Syria, according to regional media reports.

Hossein Sheikholeslam, the director general of the Iranian parliament’s International Affairs bureau, claimed the United States would not dare attack Syria but said that if it does, “the Zionist regime will be the first victim.”

“No military attack will be waged against Syria,” Sheikholeslam was quoted as saying on Monday by Iran’s state run Fars News Agency.

“Yet, if such an incident takes place, which is impossible, the Zionist regime will be the first victim of a military attack on Syria,” Sheikholeslam said in an apparent response to the Obama administration’s increasingly stern rhetoric against Syria.

Sheikholeslam said Assad would immediately respond to a U.S. attack by going after the Jewish state with the full force of his military.

Syria can “heavily attack and raze the occupied territories,” Fars reported him as saying.

Another senior Iranian lawmaker said on Monday that the U.S. military is not prepared to handle an operation in Syria.

Mohammad Esmayeeli, a member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, claimed Washington is not ready for any new military invasion.

He said that if the Obama administration does decide to launch an attack, Moscow will support Damascus.

Russia has consistently thrown its support behind Assad, providing him with advanced weapons and blocking concrete action at the United Nations.


Full article: Iranian Official: Israel to Be ‘First Victim’ of U.S. Attack on Syria (Washington Free Beacon)

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