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    Iranian senior cleric Ahmad Khatami delivers his sermon during Friday prayer ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

    Iranian Cleric Says Tel Aviv, Haifa to Be Destroyed If Israel Acts Foolishly

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    The United States aims at toppling the country's clerical establishment, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said during Friday prayers, broadcast by Iranian state TV.

    Speaking further, Khatami said that Israel's Tel Aviv and Haifa will be destroyed, if the country acts foolishly.

    "We will expand our missile capabilities despite western pressure (to curb it)…. to let Israel know that if it acts foolishly, Tel Aviv and Haifa will be totally destroyed," Ahmad Khatami said during Friday prayers at Tehran University.

    While speaking about the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Nuclear deal, the cleric noted that Iran shouldn't trust the European Union in terms of the deal.

    "America cannot do a damn thing. They have always been after toppling of Iran's regime and this exit is in line with that aim… these European signatories also cannot be trusted… Iran's enemies cannot be trusted," Khatami noted.

    On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. He also vowed to reinstate the sanctions against Iran that were lifted as a result of the agreement.

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    Two days later, the Israeli Air Force hit dozens of what it called Iranian military targets in Syria after the Iranian forces allegedly fired 20 rockets at positions of the Israeli Defense Forces in Golan Heights. Israel added that the aircraft also targeted Syrian anti-aircraft batteries that fired at them during the overnight raid.

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