Tensions between Israel and Iran continue to rise as a new report yesterday suggests that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered its armed forces and terrorists to be ready for war.
Reza Kahlili, a former spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and counterterrorism expert reported that a source told him that with Iran’s two of its closest allies out of the picture, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez death and the Syrian President, Bashar Assad fights for his life in retaining control of Syria, it appears that Iran fears Israel and the West could launch a war not only to stop its nuclear program but also effect regime change, knowing full well that millions of Iranians who are suffering under its policies would join in to topple their government.
The source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit told Kahlili that the regime believes Israel is on the verge of an attack, which could then draw America into the conflict.
The commander of the Basij forces, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, in a speech at Sharif University in Tehran, rejected bilateral talks with the U.S. and called any negotiations with America meaningless.
“As long as the U.S. refuses to give up support for the Zionist regime and avoids leaving the Persian Gulf, relations with the U.S. will not be resumed,” Naqdi said, according to Fars News Agency, a media outlet run by the Revolutionary Guards. “The U.S. today is at the peak of its enmity toward Iran.”
Kahlili reported that Ayatollah Khazali, a member of the Assembly of Experts, the body that chooses the supreme leader, told the regime’s magazine Pasdar Islam (the Guardian of Islam) that the Coming is close and that all enemies of Islam will be destroyed.
Two days ago, the Jewish Press reported that unusually harsh comments from Joseph Macmanus, the chief U.S. delegate to the IAEA, seem to indicate that the noose is tightening around Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Reporter from the Jewish Press, Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu quoted Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu by saying, “The more the Obama administration sees Iranian nuclear capability as a threat to the United States, the closer everyone gets to the red line to talk with action and not words. Tehran, of course, insists its nuclear development is only for peace and is counting on more talks to erase any American red lines.”
To make matters worse, the Iranian envoy today accused Israel of genocide prompting U.S., Canadian, and Australian officials to walk out of a meeting with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. Nuclear watchdog.
“In a sign that time was running out, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday warned that Iran’s nuclear program is reaching “the red line,” a reference to the time when Israel might take action,” Kahlili said.
It appears that by all accounts, Iran is preparing for some kind of war in the very near future.