IRAN SEES ASHKENAZI'S WORDS AS A CLEAR THREAT AN ATTACK ON THEIR
NUCLEAR FACILITIES IS CLOSE AT HAND
JUNE 19 2008
DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources report that Iran’s top leaders held a special meeting in Tehran Thursday, June 19, hours after the Gaza ceasefire went into force.
They congratulated themselves for achieving their second base on a Mediterranean shore after winning control of Lebanon through Hizballah’s takeover of Beirut and its government.
Hamas was acclaimed for having tightened its grip on the Gaza Strip and using the Egyptian-brokered six-month truce accord with Israel for its next leap to power on the West Bank.
Iran has tightened its noose around Israel as well as Egypt.
The meeting, our sources report, was attended by supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, defense minister Mostafa Najar, Revolutionary Guards commander Gen. Qassam Solemeini, and the Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, the supreme ruler’s senior strategic adviser.
Iran’s ambassador in Damascus, Ahmed Moussawi, was called home for urgent consultations after he tossed out his bombshell offer to share Iran’s “nuclear experience” with Syria Tuesday, June 17.
The nuclear transfer will begin as soon as July 7 when officials of the two countries hold their first meeting.
DEBKAfile’s sources report that the three-hour long, top-level Iranian conference went on to discuss Tehran’s next steps in the region in the light of deepening ties with the Damascus-based Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal and the Israeli chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi’s comment Tuesday to the Knesset foreign affairs and defense committee.
Ashkenazi said: "Beside the actions and sanctions against Iran, it is important we remain ready for any options."
Iran regards his words as a clear threat that an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities is close at hand.
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