Iran Threatens To Attack US If It Helps Israel Defend Itself

Iran released a stark warning, stating that if the U.S. intervenes and helps Israel defend itself against the attacks coming, it would target the U.S. next, according to the pro-Hamas website The Intercept.

The warning occurred after Israeli forces attacked the Iranian embassy in Damascus, the capital city of Syria on April 1, killing three senior Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders and four senior IRGC advisors to Syrian regime forces.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned Israel’s attack, saying that the country “will pay.”

“When they attacked our consulate area, it was like they attacked our territory,” Khamenei said in a televised speech.

“The Zionist regime made a mistake and must be punished and will be punished,” he added.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, without proof, claimed that the U.S. had given Israel the green light to strike Iran’s consulate in Damascus. He said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “would not have been able to do such a thing without the US green light.”

However, the Biden administration expressed frustration because it was not notified of Israel’s airstrike against Syria beforehand.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that “the U.S. will stand with Israel against any threats by Iran and its proxies.”

Another official, who spoke with Al Jazeera, told the outlet that the U.S. would help “intercept Iranian rockets or drones against Israel.”

The White House reported that it wants to keep the conflict contained so it doesn’t spread further through the Middle East.

Iran has been an avid supporter of Hamas and does not recognize Israel as a nation, according to the Associated Press.