Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, has rejected Israel's military threats against Tehran as "nothing but nonsense".
In an interview with the Arabic-language news channel al-Masirah on Saturday, Hajizadeh claimed that "[even] the besieged Gaza Strip imposed a severe defeat" on Israel, in an apparent reference to last week's ceasefire deal between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas.
"The Zionist regime should pack its travelling bags and look for a living place in the US, Alaska, or Europe", the general said, adding that "Mossad's threats and the option of war against Iran, especially after their incapability against the Palestinian resistance" hold no water.
Hajizadeh was echoed by Esmaeil Qaani, commander of the IRGC's Quds Force, who said the Israelis should leave what he described as the occupied Palestinian territories and repurchase the properties they had sold in Europe and America.
"I'd advise all Zionists to go back and repurchase the houses they have sold in Europe, the US, and elsewhere to come to the Palestinian territories before the houses become more expensive than today", Qaani pointed out.
For decades, Israel has been in conflict with the Palestinians, who have been seeking diplomatic recognition for an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli government refuses to recognise the Palestinian Authority as an independent political and diplomatic entity, continuing to build settlements in the areas controlled by the Jewish state despite objections from the United Nations.
The remarks by the Iranian generals come after Israel and Hamas agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire last Thursday, 11 days after the beginning of violent clashes in East Jerusalem that led to the deadliest violence between Tel Aviv and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in recent years.
Tehran rejects Israel's right to exist, frequently vowing to destroy it, while Tel Aviv, aside from accusing Iran of supplying arms to Damascus, has repeatedly pledged to stop the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons. The Iranian government insists that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.