Iranian warns Israel to fear missiles


Richard Moore

Original source URL:

Iranian warns Israel to fear missiles
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer
Tue Aug 15, 7:41 AM ET

An Iranian hard-line cleric warned Israel on Tuesday that Iran's long-range 
missiles will land in Tel Aviv if the Jewish state attacks Iran, state-run 
television reported.

Ahmad Khatami, a mid-ranking cleric, said Israel should bear in mind its 
monthlong war with Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas before considering any threats
against Iran.

Boasting that Hezbollah's 40-mile range missiles "turned Israel into a country 
of ghosts," Khatami declared that Israel would face dire consequences if it 
"makes an iota of aggression against Iran."

"They must fear the day (Iran's) 2,000-kilometer (1,250-mile) range missiles 
land in the heart of Tel Aviv," he said.

Khatami is a Friday prayer leader in Tehran and a member of the Assembly of 
Experts, a clerical panel that has the power to choose or dismiss Iran's top 
leader, but he is not considered a government official.

Tehran perceives international criticism of its nuclear program as carrying a 
potential threat of military action. The U.N. Security Council has given Iran 
until the end of August to halt its uranium enrichment activities, or face 
potential sanctions.

Israel has remained in the background as the United States and several Western 
allies have stepped up claims that Iran seeks to develop nuclear arms ‹ an 
allegation Iran denies. But Israel has made no secret that it takes a dim view 
of Tehran's nuclear aspirations.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called for Israel to be 

Many in the U.S., Europe, the Arab world and Israel accuse Iran of having fueled
the warfare in Lebanon through its close ally, Hezbollah, in a bid to show its 
regional strength. A U.N.-imposed cease-fire took effect Monday, ending more 
than a month of fighting between Hezbollah and Israel.

Iran, like Hezbollah, viewed the end of fighting as a victory over Israel.

Iran's parliament speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel told a session of parliament 
Tuesday that "Hezbollah's victory broke the image of Israel's 

Khatami's comment about Iran's long-range capabilities appeared to refer to an 
upgraded version of its Shahab-3 missile, which is capable of carrying a nuclear
warhead and reaching Israel and U.S. bases in the Middle East.

Iran's military test-fired a series of missiles during large-scale war games in 
the Persian Gulf in March and April including a missile not detectable by radar 
that can use multiple warheads to hit several targets simultaneously, a 
development that raised concerns in the United States and Israel.

After decades of relying on foreign weapons purchases, Iran's military has been 
working to boost its domestic production of armaments. Since 1992, Iran has 
produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and a fighter 
plane. It announced in early 2005 that it had begun production of torpedoes.

Copyright © 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2006 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved.

Escaping the Matrix website
cyberjournal website  
subscribe cyberjournal list     mailto:•••@••.•••
Posting archives      
  cyberjournal forum  
  Achieving real democracy
  for readers of ETM  
  Community Empowerment
  Blogger made easy