Top Iranian Official: Iran Needs “24 Hours And An Excuse” To Annihilate Israel

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech under a portrait of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at the shrine of Imam Reza in the city of Mashhad, Iran, on March 21, 2010. (credit: MAYSAM DEHGHANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech under a portrait of Iran’s late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at the shrine of Imam Reza in the city of Mashhad, Iran, on March 21, 2010. (credit: MAYSAM DEHGHANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A top Iranian official says that Iran will be able to annihilate Israel within a day.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Hojjat al-Eslam Ali Shirazi, representative to Iran’s Qods Force for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, claims that all they need is “24 hours and an excuse” to attack the Jewish state.

“If such a war does happen, it would not be a long war, and it would benefit the entire Islamic umma [the global community of Muslims],” Shirazi said, according to the Post. “We have expertise in fighting wars of attrition and Israel cannot fight a war of attrition.”

Shirazi went on to say that Israel is “foolish” to believe that they can launch an attack on Iran to stop its nuclear development.

“[W]hen Israel finds itself in danger of extinction, it flails around, and so it’s easy for it to do foolish things and will start a war just to sting Iran.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly hinted that an attack on Iran is possible if the Tehran regime continues progressing toward a nuclear weapon. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Netanyahu “retarded” during a press conference in Tehran Tuesday after accusing the Israeli leader of being a war-monger.

“Whoever talks of war is retarded,” Ahmadinejad said, according to The Associated Press.

The United Nations atomic agency revealed Thursday that there will be no talks with Iran this month about its nuclear program.

“We are committed for dialogue and we are ready to have a meeting at an early date but the fact is, that as of today, no specific date is decided for a meeting,” Yukiya Amano, director general for the International Atomic Energy Agency, told Reuters.

Amano added that Iran continues to enrich uranium.

The White House said in a statement last week that President Obama and Netanyahu remain in “full agreement” that Iran cannot develop a nuclear weapon.

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