After Israeli air strikes on military installations in and around Damascus reportedly killed 12 Iranian soldiers, the Islamic Republic said it's itching like never before to annihilate the Jewish state.
"We’re ready for the decisive war that will bring about Israel’s disappearance from the earth. Our young airmen are prepared for the day when Israel will be destroyed," the head of Iran's air force, Brig. Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh, told an online Iranian news portal.
In addition to the Iranian casualties, at least nine other people were killed in the Israeli airstrikes early Monday morning, including four Syrian soldiers and a number of pro-Iranian fighters, possibly members of Hezbollah.
Hours after Nasirzadeh issued his dire pronouncement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that Israel remained unfazed by Iranian threats, and would continue to strike the Islamic Republic's military foothold in Syria.
"Anyone who tries to hurt us, we will hurt them," Netanyahu said at the opening of a new airport in southern Israel. The prime minister noted that Monday's airstrike had "delivered powerful blows to Iranian targets in Syria," and insisted that Iran "won't get a pass" for exploiting the situation in war-torn Syria to make good on its threats against Israel.
PHOTO: Netanyahu speaks during the official opening of the new Ramon Airport, named in memory of Ilan and Asaf Ramon, near the southern city of Eilat. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)