Israel Air Force opts out of United States drill as Iranian threat looms

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Salami, the vice commander of Iran's revolutionary guards, issued a harshly-worded threat to Israel on Friday, warning that the Jewish State's air bases were "within reach" for Iranian missiles and once they strike the only escape will be the sea.

"Our missiles are ready to be launched at any moment as a response to our enemy's actions", Salami tweeted. "You live in the dragon's mouth".

"We hear threats from Iran, and the Israeli forces are prepared for every possible Iranian move". We can not allow them to have a permanent presence in Syria.

"If any war happens, it will definitely be followed by your annihilation", Salami warned Israel on Friday.

"Israel is headed for escalation", Yaacov Amidror, former national security adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told Tel Aviv radio station 103 FM.

Salami added in part of a Tasnim News Agency report posted on Twitter: "North and west of Israel are at the intersection of fire; you will not escape ..." We will not shy away from the price and we will exact a price from those who want to hurt us.

"I would suggest to all those on our northern border to think again about what they are doing", Liberman said.

"I do not believe that we are headed towards regional war but I do believe that unfortunately, Israel has continued its violations with worldwide law, hoping to be able to do it with impunity because of the USA support and trying to find smokescreens to hide behind", said Zarif, Xinhua reported.

Israel has not officially commented on the attack.

Last Monday, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said his country will sooner or later respond to the recent crime and aggression of Israel.

New York Times journalist Todd Friedman published a statement that he considered a "slip of the tongue" from a senior Israeli army officer in which he said Israel had hit Iran's base and killed Iranian officers. "It is not in their interest to try having a war with the Israeli army". "It openly speaks about liquidating Israel in the 21st century".

The presidents of Turkey and Iran on Tuesday vowed to press on with their alliance alongside Russian Federation over Syria, the Turkish presidency said Tuesday, after Ankara backed strikes by the US and its allies against the Assad regime.