Senior Iranian military officials this week boasted that they had stockpiled a huge quantity of long-range ballistic missiles that are pointed directly at Israel.
Two such missiles were tested this week on targets at a range of 1,400 kilometers (870 miles), putting Israel well within range if fired from western Iran.
Brig. General Amir Ali Haji Zada, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s air corps, told Iranian media that these missiles “belong to the Palestinian people.” It was also reported that the test missiles were inscribed in Hebrew with the words “Israel must be wiped out.”
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, Deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, told journalists on Wednesday that he was confident that Israel would collapse very soon.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry called on the international community to “act firmly and decisively against the continuing missile launches from Iran and the continued development of the country’s missile program.”
But thus far the Obama Administration has done little but register impotent complaints with Tehran and the UN.