Tehran Threatens to Open the Golan Front in Response to Israeli Strike
Published Tuesday, January 20, 2015
"The response will be firm and decisive.” This, in short, was the Iranian reaction to the Israeli attack in the Syrian province of Quneitra, which killed a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG), among others. The Iranian reaction indicates the possibility of opening the Golan front, where work is underway to build the necessary infrastructure. Preparations began after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s announcement that the response to Israeli attacks on Syria would come from the Golan Heights.
In a statement, the IRG’s public relations department announced the “martyrdom of Brigadier General Mohammed Ali Allah-Dadi” in the airstrike on Quneitra, saying that “Brigadier General Mohammed Ali Allah-Dadi was martyred within the territories of the Islamic Resistance, and in defense of the holy sites and the oppressed Syrian people.”
“This devout commander was on an advisory mission to support the Syrian government and people against the extremist Salafi groups. He provided crucial advice to stop the crimes and conspiracies resulting from terrorist Zionist sedition in Syria,” the statement added. “The Zionist crime, through the violation of Syrian airspace, showed once again that the terrorist acts of sedition perpetrated by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the takfiri groups are part of the policies and agendas pursued by the authoritarian order and international Zionism, in coordination with the leaders of the White House and the Zionist entity, against the Islamic nation.”
Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, in a meeting with Iraqi Interior Minister Mohammed Salem Ghaban, said that “the latest Zionist attack proves the continued military cooperation between the Zionists and the terrorist takfiri groups, and complements the efforts of the leaders of Tel Aviv, who seek to take advantage of the terrorists to create a buffer zone along the borders of the occupying entity.”
For his part, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif condemned the attack. The Iranian Foreign Ministry released a statement extending “condolences to the families of the martyrs and the Hezbollah leadership for this brutal criminal act committed by the occupying entity.”
The incident “proved once again that the battle in Syria is part of the confrontation with the Zionist entity, and Hezbollah remains steadfast and firm in the path of jihad and martyrdom against the occupation and foreign interference in the affairs of the peoples of the region.”
In a letter to Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran's national security and foreign policy parliamentary committee, said that “the response by the Hezbollah mujahideen against the Zionists will be harsh.”
“These heinous and odious crimes are being repeatedly committed by the Zionist entity, with blatant disregard to international law and resolutions, to weaken the axis of resistance in the face of terrorism and occupation in the region.”
Islamic Shura Council head Hussein Sheikh al-Islam said that “the resistance will open the Golan front in response to the Zionist aggression, which was a grave miscalculation by this entity.”
“Without intelligence assistance from terrorist groups in Syria, the Zionist entity would not have managed to execute this operation,” the aim of which is “to please the extremist groups in the Zionist entity and serve electoral objectives.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.