In other words: Israel, please don’t pressure Iran about its nuclear program. “Obama aide: Iran may lash out at Israel over pressure on nuclear program,” from the Associated Press, January 30 (thanks to Alexandre):
President Barack Obama’s national security adviser cited on Friday a heightened risk that Iran will respond to growing pressure over its nuclear program by stroking violence against Israel.
The adviser, retired Marine Gen. James Jones, said history shows that when regimes are feeling pressure they can lash out through surrogates.
He said that in Iran’s case that would mean facilitating attacks on Israel through Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. Iran helps arm Hezbollah and Hamas….
Also in September, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed to keep supporting the Palestinian militant group Hamas until the “collapse of Israel.”
The Iranian news agency Khabar quoted Ahmadinejad as telling Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh that Iran views the support of the Palestinian people as part of its religious and national duty and that Iran will stand behind the Palestinian nation “until the big victory feast which is the collapse of the Zionist regime.”