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I Do Not See War Coming with Israel: Zarif

TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warns Israel that its “dangerous” adventurism with its bombing campaign in Syria could provoke military conflict in the region, IRNA reported Thursday.
“There is adventurism on the Israeli side, and adventurism is still dangerous,” Zarif said in an interview with the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Wednesday.
Iran is in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government, while Israel is violating Lebanese and Syrian airspace, as well as international law, Zarif said.
Asked about the possible military conflict between Iran and Israel, he said he did not see it coming, adding that,”But we can not exclude this possibility.”
In his previous remarks to the Munich Security Conference, Zarif accused Israel of seeking war and warned that his actions and those of the United States increased the chances of a clash in the region.
In an interview with NBC News during his visit to Munich, Zarif also warned the United States and their allies that it would be “suicidal” to start a war with Iran.
He said the “same gang” behind the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was “again” in their efforts for a war with Iran.
“I’m not saying that [President] [Donald] Trump’s administration, I mean members of President Trump’s administration are trying to create the same thing and I think they will fail,” he said
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a short video recorded on the sidelines of a meeting in Warsaw, Poland on 13th Feb, that the event is an open meeting with representatives of major Arab countries gathered together with Israel to advance the common interest of the war in the region.
Last month, Netanyahu had threatened Tel Aviv to supplement its economic pressures on Iran with its own “military” actions.
Trump “is acting against Iran at the economic level and we here in Israel are acting against Iran at the military level,” Netanyahu said in a speech to Israeli army cadets.
Netanyahu said the Tel Aviv regime’s forces have carried out hundreds of attacks in Syria in recent years and would intensify their fight after the planned withdrawal of US troops from the country.
His comments came after Trump had said in January that Iran “could do what they wanted” in Syria after its decision to withdraw US troops operating in that country, a move that caused consternation in Israel.
He further said “Iran is no longer the same country, Iran is bringing people out of Syria.”
“Frankly, they can do what they want, but they pull people out. They are taking people out of Yemen. Iran wants to survive now,” he said.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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