The peaceful tone that has emanated from Tehran since the nuclear deal continues to reassure us. The Times of Israel reports:
Ahmad Karimpour, a senior adviser to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite unit al-Quds Force, said if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gave the order to destroy Israel, the Iranian military had the capacity to do so quickly.
“If the Supreme Leader’s orders [are] to be executed, with the abilities and the equipment at our disposal, we will raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes,” Karimpour said Thursday, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.
A senior Iranian general on May 9 announced that the country’s armed forces successfully tested a precision-guided, medium-range ballistic missile two weeks earlier that could reach Israel, the state-run Tasnim agency reported.
“We test-fired a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers and a margin of error of eight meters,” Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi was quoted as saying at a Tehran science conference. The eight-meter margin means the “missile enjoys zero error,” he told conference participants.
That test, which was one in a series, received the usual reaction from the Administration: a bit of handwringing, no substantial action (because the Administration—and other veto-holding members of the Security Council—holds that such tests violate the UN Resolution that implemented the Iran Deal, not the deal itself, and this makes all the difference), and quickly moving on.
The Administration has previously characterized Iran’s anti-Israel statements as “rhetoric” designed for “domestic consumption.” It is true that in much of the Middle East, ranting about Israel is a domestic legitimating tool. But how many other regimes are working on developing missiles that can hit Israel as they do so?
And a final thought: what exactly are they planning on putting on top of those missiles that will allow them to hit that 8 minute mark? From events in Syria and Iraq to Yemen, from the elections to the missile tests, the peace created by the Iran Deal continues to inspire us all.