In a recent speech, Hossein Salami, the deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) boasted that the “Islamic army in Syria” was awaiting orders to eradicate the “evil regime” of Israel and that Iran was creating “might” in Lebanon to fight Israel from there with all their strength.

He also said the Tehran-backed Hezbollah terror group had 100,000 missiles aimed at Israel.

“We are creating might in Lebanon because we want to fight our enemy from there with all our strength,” he stated. “Hezbollah today has tremendous might on the ground that can on its own break the Zionist regime. The Zionist regime has no strategic-defensive depth.”

“Today an international Islamic army has been formed in Syria, and the voices of the Muslims are heard near the Golan,” he said. “Orders are awaited, so that… the eradication of the evil regime [Israel] will land and the life of this regime will be ended for good. The life of the Zionist regime was never in danger as it is now.”

Salami stressed that “the Zionist regime constitutes a threat… to the entire Islamic world. That is the philosophy of the establishment of this regime.”

Here is the start of his speech:

“The Problems Of The Islamic World Stem From The Existence Of The False, Counterfeit, Historically Rootless, And Identity-Less Regime Named Israel”

“Seventy years have passed since the policy of England and America planted in the Islamic world an accursed and criminal tree [i.e. Israel]. For 70 years, this poisoned dagger has been embedded in the body of the Islamic ummah, and all the problems of the Islamic world stem from the existence of the false, counterfeit, historically rootless, and identity-less regime named Israel.

“Israel has caused the Palestinian nation to be stripped of a homeland and to roam here and there, and those remaining on its lands are arrested, fenced in, and subjected to serious aggression, and their children are buried day and night under the ruins. The children’s right to see their fathers and mothers is taken away from them forever. This historic and ongoing crime is being carried out before the eyes of the world. This is the most obvious sign of the crimes of America, Israel, and England in human history.

“In addition to the threat to Palestine’s existence, the Zionist regime constitutes a threat as well to the entire Islamic world. That is the philosophy of the establishment of this regime: America, thousands of miles away, and behind oceans, transferred its geographical, political, and security territory to an Islamic land, in order to create a secure political and military bridge and also to create an ammunition storehouse [for it]. [Israel] brings the range of America’s missiles against the Islamic world 12,000 kilometers closer, and becomes a tool for imposing America’s policy against the Islamic world…”

“The Islamic Revolution Created A Mighty Power Called Hizbullah… Today [It] Has Tremendous Might On The Ground That Can On Its Own Break The Zionist Regime”

Read the full speech from Salami at MEMRI.