0543 GMT June 26, 2022
Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, the spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces, made the remarks after Israeli minister Benny Gantz, claimed that it was building a US-sponsored regional air defense alliance in cooperation with certain regional Arab states to foil what he described as “Iran’s attacks”.
“The main reason behind this measure is merely desperation of the Zionist regime,” Shekarchi said, according to Press TV.
Pointing to the reasons behind Israel’s establishment of relations with those Arab countries, the commander said, “The criminal Zionist officials have acknowledged the pace of the collapse of their bloodthirsty regime.”
Israel has been making attempts to draw closer to US-aligned Arab countries in the Persian Gulf in recent years and has offered them military cooperation.
In a briefing to Israeli lawmakers, Gantz unveiled what he dubbed as “the Middle East Air Defense Alliance” and said Israel’s cooperation with Arab states had been already underway.
“Over the past year, I have been leading an extensive program, together with my partners at the Pentagon and in the US administration, that will strengthen the cooperation between Israel and countries in the region,” he said.
The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has warned neighboring countries against allowing Israelis into the Persian Gulf, saying such a move would bring nothing but insecurity, chaos, and instability to the region.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Shekarchi downplayed the flying of US B-52 bombers over the Persian Gulf, saying it was just a show.
“The United States is well aware that in case of a strategic mistake, it will experience irreparable and more dangerous blows than ever before,” the commander pointed out.
The Israeli military said in a February statement that Israeli F-15 fighter jets have escorted an American B-52 bomber as it made its way toward the Persian Gulf.