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Iran Threatens 'Crushing Response' To Any Israeli Action Against Regional Interests

Abbas Mousavi, the spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry. FILE PHOTO

Iran will respond forcefully to any Israeli action against its interests in the region, Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, according to the Mehr news agency.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will give a crushing response that will cause regret to any kind of aggression or stupid action from this regime against our country's interests in Syria and the region," ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.

Israel has repeatedly vowed not to allow Iran to establish a permanent presence in Syria and threaten its borders. Hundreds of air attacks in the past three years have been attributed to Israel and recently its officials have been more open in declaring their forceful policy against Iran and Iranian allies in the region.

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennet said February 9 that Israel is coordinating with the United States to divide the task of preventing Iran's influence in Iraq and Syria.

Iranian leaders have in the past called for Israel's annihilation and have threatened to flatten Israeli cities with ballistic missiles.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week that Iran will support Palestinian armed groups as much as it can and urged Palestinians to confront a U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a U.S. plan last month which would set up a Palestinian state with strict conditions but allow Israel to take over long-contested Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian leaders have rejected it as biased toward Israel.

Reporting by Reuters