"The Islamic Republic of Iran will keep its military advisors, revolutionary forces and its weapons in Syria," the top commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Tehran to withdraw forces from the war-torn country, warning Iran of Israeli actions against forces there. "I advise them to leave [Syria] quickly, because we will continue with our assertive policy, as promised, without fear and without a break."
Jafari called Netanyahu's threats "a joke", and warned that the Israeli government "was playing with (a) lion's tail."
"You should be afraid of the day that our precision-guided missiles roar and fall on your head," he said.
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Last week, former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot gave a round of press interviews, claiming that the IDF has assessed that Iran has given up on its plan to establish permanent bases in Syria.
Since January 2017, Israel has been secretly striking Iranian targets in Syria, mainly against "infrastructure." But following an Iranian decision to send an armed drone into Israeli airspace in February 2018, Israel's campaign against Iran not only escalated but also became public, including what Eisenkot last described as "thousands of attacks," not only from air, but also special-operations commando raids.