A western military intervention in Syria would result in a regional upheaval that would engulf Israel, a senior Iranian official said on Wednesday.
The warnings came after French President Francois Hollande said military intervention was not ruled out provided the Security Council backed it. Hollande’s statement came following a massacre in the Syrian city of Houla in the province of Homs, which garnered widespread international condemnation.
Referring to the possibility of military action being taken in order to depose the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani warned of the consequences of such a move. “Possibly, U.S. military officials are misunderstanding regional issues because Syria’s specifications are no way similar to those of Libya,” Larijani, an aide of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said. In what seemed to be an explicit threat against the consequences military action could have on Israel, Larijani said that violence form a Syrian version of Benghazi “will spread into Palestine and the ashes of such flame will definitely bury the Zionist regime.”
In response to Larijani’s comments an unnamed senior IDF officer told Haaretz yesterday “Iran is trying to manage the Middle East at the same time as it is supporting mass murder in Syria, all this is happening without nuclear capability. Imagine what would happen if the Iranian’s would have nuclear weapons.”