"About Netanyahu's unwise words, I should say that if they carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground", Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of Iran's Expediency Council and former chief of the country's Revolutionary Guards, told the Hezbollah-affiliated Arabic-language al-Manar TV channel Monday.
While scandal may dog Israel's Prime Minister at home, Benjamin Netanyahu used his address at an worldwide security conference on Sunday to display characteristic bravado and issue a direct warning salvo to Iran.
Netanyahu waved a piece of an Iranian drone shot down over northern Israel last week, which led to Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria, and directly addressed Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who also attended the conference. You should. It's yours.
"What has happened in the past several days is the so-called invincibility (of Israel) has crumbled", Zarif said of Netanyahu's remarks, which followed the Feb 10 downing of an Israeli F-16 jet.
"Israel will not allow Iran's regime to put a noose of terror around our neck", Netanyahu said during his speech.
"Today, we can see that the United States and Israel have become hilarious actors by displaying the body of a missile at the White House or the wing of a flying object (in Munich) and seeking to describe them as Iranian missile and drone", the top general said. The aircraft was identified by the Aerial Defense Systems early on and was under surveillance until the interception.
The strikes came after what Israel said was an incursion by an Iranian drone into its airspace and the shooting down of one of its F16s - believed to be the first loss of an Israeli jet in combat since 1982.
He added, in a reference to the nuclear deal between the world powers and Iran: "We can stop this risky regime". In his speech, Zarif dismissed Netanyahu's presentation as a "cartoonish circus, which does not even deserve a response". Gen. Nitzan Alon, head of IDF Operations, told Army Radio in a rare interview.