SWC: Obama Administration Should Declare, ‘An Attack on Israel Will be Treated as an Attack Against U.S.’

August 29th, 2013

Iran Revolutionary Guards Chief: “Israel will be destroyed if Syria is attacked”

As the world awaits US-led action against the Bashir Assad regime's deploying poison gas on its own citizens, Iranian leaders have escalated their threats of deadly attacks against the Jewish state. According to the state-sponsored Iranian Tasnim News, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Chief, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, (pictured with Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran) threatened that a war in Syria, “will result in the imminent destruction of the Zionist regime of Israel."

"As the civilized world prepares to take action against Bashar Assad, the Iranian regime is desperately attempting to rally support in the Arab world for a Syrian regime guilty of crimes against humanity against its own people, by ramping up its threats against Israel, a country that has no involvement in the current civil war in Syria," charged Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, founder and dean and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO.

"While we are certain that Israel can defend herself against all enemies, the specter of Israeli citizens lining up for gas masks on the eve of the Jewish New Year is proof enough that Jerusalem has to take all threats, including those from Damascus and its chief ally and partner in the brutal civil war, Iran, very seriously."
"We call on the Obama Administration to declare that an attack on Israel will be treated as an attack against the US, and to ratchet up Washington’s efforts to thwart Tehran's headlong rush to nuclearization," Hier and Cooper concluded.

Last week the Wiesenthal Center urged the US and NATO to destroy or remove Syria’s entire massive arsenal of chemical weapons. http://www.wiesenthal.com/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=lsKWLbPJLnF&b=8776547&ct=13251425¬oc=1

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