‘We’re Looking for Excuse to Raze Tel Aviv to the Ground’

IRAN - A senior Iranian official who was the commander-in-chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned that Iran is just looking for an excuse to “raze Tel Aviv to the ground,” accusing Israel of helping the US in its assassination of top commander Qassem Soleimani. Asked on Lebanon’s Hezbollah-affiliated al-Mayadeen TV station whether Iran planned on following through with its threats to attack Israel in the event of a war with the US, adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Mohsen Rezaee answered in the affirmative. “You should have no doubt about this. We would raze Tel Aviv to the ground for sure. We have been looking for such a pretext,” Rezaei said according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). “If they (the US) do something, we can use it as a pretext to attack Israel, because Israel played a role in the martyrdom of General Soleimani,” he said.