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MP Downplays Israeli War Rhetoric against Iran

Service : Politic
TEHRAN June 7 (ICANA) – A member of the Iranian parliament on Tuesday dismissed the aggressive remarks uttered by the Israeli officials against Tehran, and underlined that the Zionist regime does not dare to attack Iran as it lacks the needed power and military capability to wage a war on Tehran.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 8:27:48 PM
MP Downplays Israeli War Rhetoric against Iran

"Everybody, specially the Zionists themselves, know well that Israel is too weak to wage an attack even on a small part of the Iranian soil," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Ali Aqazadeh told FNA on Tuesday.

Imposing threat to Iran's nuclear facilities is nothing new, he said, and added that such threats are just "media propaganda".

The Iranian lawmaker's remarks came after Israeli Minister for Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya'alon said last Monday that the world must take joint action to halt Iran's nuclear activities, including a pre-emptive strike, if necessary.

The United States and Israel have once again intensified their hostile measures against Iran to push the country to give up its progress in the field of nuclear technology.

Iran has warned it could close the strategic Strait of Hormuz if it became the target of a military attack over its nuclear program.

Strait of Hormuz, the entrance to the strategic Persian Gulf waterway, is a major oil shipping route.

Meantime, a recent study by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a prestigious American think tank, has found that a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities "is unlikely" to delay the country's program.

The ISIS study also cautioned that an attack against Iran would backfire by compelling the country to acquire nuclear weaponry.

A recent study by a fellow at Harvard's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Caitlin Talmadge, warned that Iran could use mines as well as missiles to block the strait, and that "it could take many weeks, even months, to restore the full flow of commerce, and more time still for the oil markets to be convinced that stability had returned."

In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy also said that in the two decades since the Iran-Iraq War, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.

According to the report, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.

The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Islamic Republic, the scale of Iran's response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on Iranian assets.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen has also recently warned in Tel Aviv of the unexpected consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran, just as he did during the days of the (George W) Bush administration.

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