Lieberman to Saudi-owned paper: We will bomb Tehran if Iran attacks

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warns Iran not to test Israel amid mounting tensions • As U.S. President Donald Trump nears decision on Iran nuclear deal, Iran’s supreme leader calls on Muslim nations to unite against “bullying” by U.S. and other enemies.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued a stern warning to Iran Thursday amid an onslaught of recent threats from Tehran.

In a rare interview with the the Saudi-owned online news portal, Elaph,  Lieberman said: “If Iran attacks Tel Aviv, Israel will attack Tehran,” adding that Israel will not hesitate to confront Iran in Syria if it tries to establish a permanent foothold in the country.

“Israel will destroy every Iranian military site in Syria if it becomes a threat to us, regardless of the cost,” Lieberman said.

Earlier this month, a number of Iranian officers, including a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, were killed in a strike on a Syrian base. Foreign media attributed the attack to Israel, and Iranian officials have vowed to avenge this attack with a painful blow to Israel.

Meanwhile, two weeks before the May 12 deadline for the U.S.’s likely withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, Iran’s supreme leader called on Muslim nations to unite against the U.S., saying Tehran would never yield to its arch foe’s “bullying.” read more