"There will be no neutral country in the region. To us, these bases are equal to US soil. This war is likely to degenerate into the World War III."
Revolutionary Guard commander Hossein Salami told Iran's IRNA news agency:
"Iran will obliterate the Zionist regime if the latter takes any action against Iran." If attacked, Tehran also warned it will close the Strait of Hormuz.
DF claimed Saturday's UAV incident may have been "a preparatory step for".an attack." It called it "an obvious act of war." It mentioned Hezbollah but blamed Iran. Saying so has no credibility whatever.
Did DF willfully point fingers the wrong way? False flags are Mossad and Shin Bet specialties. Both agencies have sordid histories of committing them and similar attacks. Was either agency responsible for Saturday's UAV provocation? Who can know, but it's very possible.
Similar incidents began during the Mandatory Palestine period. Jewish terrorist groups targeted Jews, Brits and Arabs. Paramilitary Hagana members were involved.
So was Irgun. It was headed by future prime minister Menachem Begin. Lehi (also called the Stern Gang) was also notorious. It was led by another future prime minister, Yitzhak Shamir. They were terrorists before entering politics.
In November 1944, Lehi assassinated Lord Moyne, Britain's Middle East minister of state. He was near his Cairo home at the time.
In September 1948, it also killed UN mediator Folke Bernadotte in Jerusalem. It was five months after Israel was established. Yitzhak Shamir personally approved the assassination.
In July 1946, Irgun bombed the King David Hotel. Doing so massacred 92 Brits, Arabs and Jews. Another 58 were wounded. Future prime minister David Ben-Gurion approved it as head of the Jewish Agency at the time.
Before and after May 1948, many thousands of targeted killings occurred or were attempted. Few are remembered today.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Mossad was implicated in numerous Beirut and other car bombings. It's one of its specialities.
On January 6, 2007, Haaretz said newly released British documents claim Shin Bet collaborated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). They hijacked Air France 139. They diverted it from Israel to Entebbe, Uganda.
Arab terrorists were falsely blamed. Elite Israeli commandos were led by Yonatan Netanyahu. He was Bibi's older brother. He and others became instant heroes. Their "miraculous" rescue was claimed. An unnamed UK diplomat blamed Israel, saying:
"The operation was designed to torpedo the PLO's standing in France and to prevent what (was seen as) growing rapprochement between the PLO and the Americans."