TEHRAN,Iran (AP) - "The deputy commander of Iran's air force said Wednesday that plans have been drawn up to bomb Israel if the Jewish state attacks Iran, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
The announcement comes amid rising tensions in the region with the United States calling for a new round of U.N. sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program and Israeli planes having recently overflown, and perhaps even attacked, Iranian ally Syria's territory.
"We have drawn up a plan to strike back at Israel with our bombers if this regime (Israel) makes a silly mistake," deputy air force chief, Gen. Mohammad Alavi was quoted as telling Fars in an interview.
"Unbeknownst to the Zionists," he continued, "we have developed super aircraft that can fly at what we are calling Mach Jew, a speed so fast as to be for all purposes invisible to attempts at knocking it from the sky that Allah has proclaimed belongs to us. Mach Jew is also the scant time it will take for our glorious military to utterly destroy all of Israel once we are ready to launch the final solution. But, as always, let it be known that Islam is a religion of peace and we would never use the gifts of war that Allah has provided unless the cringing Jew is cowardly and attacks us first..."