This weekend, Iran's Foreign Minister made the rounds on Sunday morning television, offering words of moderation, words that directly contradict the Islamic Republic's recent actions against Israel. The Jerusalem Post's Eric Sumner reports on this disconnect, as well as Prime Minister Netanyahu's faith in Israel's military:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “not impressed” with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments on an interview with CBS News on Sunday, saying there is a “huge gap” between Zarif’s supposedly moderate words and Iran’s real actions.
“I heard today from the foreign minister of a country that sends armed drones against Israel and missiles against Saudi Arabia,” Netanyahu said during a toast in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday. “I also heard his moderate words, and there is a huge gap between the words and the actions of the Revolutionary Guards, who are advancing an army against Israel with the declared goal of destroying the State of Israel.”
Iran considers Israel’s recent operations in Syria a “violation of international law,” but Zarif does not believe the Islamic Republic and the Jewish State are headed toward regional war, he said Tuesday.
“Israel has continued its violations with international law, hoping to be able to do it with impunity because of the US support and trying to find smokescreens to hide behind,” Zarif said. “And I do not believe that the smokescreens work anymore.”
Zarif appeared to make an attempt to mitigate an escalation of hostilities between the two countries after Israel downed an Iranian drone in February and struck at least one Iranian military base in Syria since. The drone incident marked the most serious confrontation yet in Syria between Israel and Iran, which has entrenched itself in the country while fighting to support President Bashar Assad.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei described the strike in Syria as “Israel’s crime” and said it would “not remain without response” a day after it occurred...