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Iran Threatens Israel Over Mistranslation

Remark threatening Lebanese civilians attributed to Moshe Ya’alon a butchered translation of statement on security situation.
Iran has threatened Israel once again on Friday – this time, due an Iranian news agency’s mistranslation of a comment by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud).

Semi-official Iranian news agency Fars claimed Ya’alon threatened civilians in Lebanon outright during a series of comments over Israel’s security situation earlier this month, wherein the minister discussed the possibility of civilian casualties being likely during the next war with Iran’s terror proxy Hezbollah.

As a result, Iran scrambled to threaten Israel with retaliation.

“Iran, with the help of Hezbollah and its friends, is capable of destroying Tel Aviv and Haifa in case of military aggression on the part of the Zionists,” General Yahya Rahim Safavi, military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on state television. He was quoted by Al-Arabiya.

“I don’t think the Zionists would be so unintelligent as to create a military problem with Iran,” the general said. “They know the strength of Iran and Hezbollah.”

Fars quoted Ya’alon as saying, “we are going to hurt Lebanese civilians to include kids of the family [sic] … we are going to do it in any round of hostilities in the future.”


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