Israeli state terrorism source of global chaos: Iran

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says world countries and international organizations should focus on the Israeli regime’s state terrorism as one of the root causes of chaos across the globe.

“As the world considers terrorism a common danger, both international organizations and regional and world countries need to concentrate on state terrorism by the Zionist regime [of Israel] as one of the main sources of chaos in West Asia and the entire world,” Hossein Jaberi Ansari said in an interview with the official Iranian news agency, IRNA, published on Friday.

He added that state terrorism is “one of the most dangerous types of terrorism.”

The Israeli regime, which has been created based on occupation and terrorism, has been pursuing these two means since its establishment, the Iranian spokesperson said.

The Iranian official pointed to the killing of Samir Qantar, a high-ranking member of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, in Syria, saying two important points should be taken into consideration over the incident.

“One aspect is the violation of national sovereignty and territorial integrity of an independent government [and] a member of the United Nations by the Zionist regime,” Jaberi Ansari said, adding that organized and internalized state terrorism by the Israeli regime is the second important issue in this regard.

Qantar was killed during an Israeli raid which targeted his home near the Syrian capital, Damascus, on December 20. The airstrike also killed 10 Syrian nationals and injured a number of other civilians.

A file photo of Samir Qantar, a high-ranking member of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah

Qantar was released from an Israeli prison during a prisoner swap between Hezbollah and Israel in 2008, after serving 29 years in an Israeli jail.

In a televised broadcast on Monday, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the movement will not leave Israel’s assassination of its high-ranking member unanswered.

He added that Hezbollah reserves the “right to respond to this assassination at the time and place” of its choosing.