A senior member of Iran's parliament on Saturday vowed that no amount of offensive or defensive capabilities will save Israel from destruction at the hands of its Muslim neighbors.
Speaking to Iranian media, MP Abbasali Mansouri Arani scoffed at efforts to bolster Israel's northern defenses with Iron Dome and American-made Patriot anti-missile batteries.
"The US seeks, in every possible manner, to prevent the destruction of the cancerous tumor it has created in the region in order to fulfill its own ominous interests," said Arani, who serves on the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.
The lawmaker stated that the Muslim nations of the Middle East remain resolved to destroy the Jewish state, and will eventually succeed.
In service to that ultimate goal, Iran is looking to ensure Syria remains a base for hostility, if not open warfare, against Israel. There is some fear that the regime of dictator Bashar Assad could lose its civil war with Sunni Muslim rebel forces, and so Iran and its Shiite Hezbollah allies in Lebanon are reportedly busy establishing a network of militias in Syria.
Middle East sources told The Washington Post that at present these militias are fighting alongside Assad's government forces, but should the Assad regime fall, they will look to set up sectarian enclaves from which they can continue harassing Israel.