"When you escape, you'll have no way but to the sea", he added.
Major General Mousavi said he as the commander of the Army was among the Basijis to commemorate the anniversary of the formation of IRGC as a sign of unity among armed forces. Iranian officials have promised unspecified reprisals.
As tensions rise with Tehran over its escalating presence in Syria and purported willingness to act directly against the Jewish state, the Israel Air Force (IAF) announced that it was cancelling its participation in the US-run "Red Flag" drill in Alaska next month.
"If we pick up and leave, the Syrian Kurds will go to the Russians and Iranians, and the Russians are going to exploit that position to become the primary interlocutors between the Turks and Kurds of Syria", he said. "We will fight those who try to harm us and would not be deterred by the price we are going to pay".
You won't hear the Israeli military confirm or deny that it was the IAF that bombed Syria's T-4 military air base in Homs province early on Monday.
If the US retaliates against Syria later in the week, Israel's choice of timing is brilliant, because in a few days no one will likely remember Israel's attack on Syria's T-4 military base except Iran, as the attention will be focused on what is expected to be a much larger attack by the USA. Once the drone was shot down, the IAF immediately attacked Iran's drone command and control unit which was based at the same T-4 military airport that was bombed Monday. "We will not shy away from action against those who threaten our security", he added.
At a reception for ambassadors, diplomats and military attaches from around the world at Rivlin's residence in Jerusalem on Thursday, the President stated that Iran continues to be a threat to the stability of the region.
The Iranian nuclear file and the policies of Tehran in the Middle East countries have dominated a seminar hosted by the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, held this week, amid warnings against possible "direct confrontation" between Israel and Iran on the backdrop of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) establishment of bases for missiles and drones on Syrian territories. Tracking from Lebanon into Syria is another indication that the attack came from Israel. The worldwide opprobrium that would descend on Israel if it launched any direct attacks on Lebanon or Iran is another powerful cause for restraint.
"No matter the price, we will not allow a noose to form around us", he told Israel Radio in an interview. Your country is smaller than one of the theaters of the Iran-Iraq war [of the 1980s].
Nonetheless, Al Jazeera maintains that the two sides are mutually averse to the idea of turning that war of words into a shooting war. Since then, Hizballah's capabilities have increased enormously, with its long-range missiles able to strike Israel from far north of the river. If, for example, Hizballah were successful in capturing northern Israeli towns such as Kiriat Shmona, on the Lebanese border before it was evacuated, it could result in an Hizballah massacre of civilians.