A top Iranian commander predicted Saturday that Israel will strike Iran and called war between the two countries inevitable.
“A war will occur, but it’s not clear where or when it will be,” Revolutionary Guard Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said at a news conference, according to Reuters. “Israel seeks war with us, but it’s not clear when the war will occur.”
Jafari said the Jewish state’s ever-increasing talk of striking Iran’s nuclear facilities will eventually lead to action on Israel’s part. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier this week Iran is “20 yards” from attaining a nuclear weapon and must not be allowed to “cross that goal line.”
“Their threats only prove that their enmity with Islam and the revolution is serious, and eventually this enmity will lead to physical conflict,” Jafari said. “Right now they see war as the only method of confrontation.”
Echoing similar comments he made last week, Jafari said Iran is ramping up its defensive capabilities so that if there is a strike, Iran will be able to defend itself “and other countries that need our help.”
“If they [Israel] start something, they will be destroyed and it will be the end of the story for them,” Jafari said.
Jafari last week threatened to strike U.S. military bases in the Middle East in retaliation for any American attack.