“This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer a dream but it is an achievable goal.” This was the declaration of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), commander, Gen. Hossein Salami. He added that his country has “managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the imposter Zionist regime.”
IRGC is the deadly group referred to as The Ground Forces of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, acronymed NEZSA (Persian : نزسا ), also known as the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and as Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Americans might read Gen. Salami’s statements as political posturing. In Israel, they do not have that luxury.
In the Holy Land last week, several Israelites were asked to identify the external threat that most concerns them. Each of them answered instantly and emphatically: “Iran.”
The Israeli government agrees, stating: “Iran publicly denies the Holocaust, and is the only country that openly calls for the annihilation of another state—the State of Israel. Furthermore, Iran has been developing and testing rockets that it boasts can, and will, be used to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.”
His comments come just days after Abbas Nilforoushan, the deputy commander of operations of the IRGC, threatened that “nothing will be left of Israel” if Israel attacks Iran.
“Iran has encircled Israel from all four sides,” Nilforoushan said on Saturday in an interview with the Iranian news agency Tasnim.
Iran is under immense economic and political pressure amid increased tension with the West. Iran also frequently targets the United States’ closest Middle East ally, Israel, with threats of complete destruction.
Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu uncovered a secret nuclear facility in Iran which he said Tehran had used to try and develop nuclear weapons.
Netanyahu said Iran destroyed the facility after learning that Israel had detected it.
Israel has reportedly attacked Iranian military assets in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon in recent months to prevent the regime from attacking the Jewish state.
In April, US President Donald Trump officially designated the IRGC as a terrorist organization.
“This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft,” the president said in a statement. “The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign.”
The unprecedented move is the first time the United States has labeled another country’s military a terrorist group.
The designation came with sanctions against Iran, including a freeze on assets the IRGC may have in US jurisdictions and a ban on Americans doing business with the Guard.