Israel Air Force opts out of U.S. drill as Iranian threat looms

ImageIsraeli soldiers taking part in a training session last week in the Golan

ImageIsraeli soldiers taking part in a training session last week in the Golan

"There is a huge gap between his words and the actions of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which advances an army against Israel with the stated goal of destroying the State of Israel", according to Netanyahu.

The presidents of Turkey and Iran on Tuesday vowed to press on with their alliance alongside Russian Federation over Syria, the Turkish presidency said Tuesday, after Ankara backed strikes by the US and its allies against the Assad regime.

For decades, Israel-Iran relations have been characterized by deep animosity.

Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi comes while tension has escalated with an Israeli strike on an Iranian base in Syria earlier this month.

The images obtained by Israel's Channel 10 depicted the base before and after the airstrike, revealing "surgical precision" and the attack's limited scope. Seven members of Iran's elite Quds Force were killed in the strike, including the commander of its drone unit in Syria.

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These remarks come a week after an air strike that targeted an Iranian airbase in Syria and was attributed to Israel, and may have also been triggered by Israel's recent revelation of Iran's aerial systems in Syria.

However, an Israeli security official seemed to acknowledge the leak was sanctioned, telling Reuters that it provided details about "the IRGC air force (which) the Israeli defense establishment sees as the entity that will try to attack Israel, based on Iranian threats to respond to the strike on T-4".

Worldwide media later reported that at least 14 people - including a number of Iranian military personnel - had lost their lives in the raid.

"When the arrogant powers create a sanctuary for the Zionist regime to continue survival, we shouldn't allow one day to be added to the ominous and illegitimate life of this regime", Mousavi said in a Fars News Agency report. "You became arrogant. If there's a war, the result will be your complete elimination", he said. "And you'll have nowhere to run, except to fall into the sea". We are not ready for the Northern front, but for several fronts altogether.

The hawkish leader said he is "not impressed by the words, I rely on this forum (Israel's top military command) and on the Israel Defence Forces that is prepared for every possibility and scenario".

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