It really doesn’t get much clearer than this:
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said threats and pressures cannot deter Iran from its revolutionary causes and ideals, and stressed that the Iranian nation will remain committed to the full annihilation of the Zionist regime of Israel to the end.
Addressing a defense gathering here in Tehran on Sunday, General Firouzabadi said that nations should realize the threats and dangers posed by the Zionist regime of Israel.
He reiterated the Iranian nation and Supreme Leader’s emphasis on the necessity of support for the oppressed Palestinian nation and its causes, and noted, “The Iranian nation is standing for its cause that is the full annihilation of Israel.”
In a 2009 interview, journalist Jeffery Goldberg talked about the inability of many in the West to understand the mindset of terrorist groups and the countries that sponsor them: “People in the United States find it hard to understand how people in Hamas and Hezbollah think … It’s alien to us. The feverish racism and conspiracy mongering, the obscurantism, the apocalyptic thinking – we can’t relate to that.” Later in the interview, he continued, “Just because a belief sounds ridiculous to you doesn’t mean it’s not sincerely held … I think it’s best to err on the side of taking people at their word.”
Time and time again, Iran has publicly said it seeks Israel’s destruction. It would be folly not to take Iran at its word. Israel already does; she can’t afford not to. The question is: will the rest of the world follow suit?