Iran’s new crop of revolutionary guards insult Israel in graduation ceremony

Iranian Revolutionary Guard cadets put Israeli flags on the soles of their boots at a recent graduation ceremony.

By World Israel News Staff

Cadets at a graduation ceremony of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards in Tehran on Sunday painted Israeli flags on the soles of their boots in a gesture of contempt toward the State of Israel, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported.

The graduation ceremony of “student officers and guards trainees” took place at Imam Ali Officers’ Academy. Iran’s Supreme Leader and commander-in-chief of its Armed Forces – Ayatollah Khamenei – was in attendance.

Iran has repeatedly threatened Israel with annihilation. It has sent its proxies, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, against Israel.

In his speech at the military academy, Khameini said “The Guards should have advanced and modern weapons… It should be developed at home. You need to develop and produce your weapons.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised that Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.

Most recently, on October 10 at a memorial for the fallen of the Yom Kippur War, Netanyahu said, “Iran threatens to wipe us off the map and says it explicitly: ‘Israel will disappear.’ Time and time again, it threatens us and tries to attack us, so we must stand ready to defend ourselves in the face of danger.”

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“Israel will defend itself, on its own, in the face of every threat. We have the overwhelming power of arms and spirit to repel any Iranian threat,” he said.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. has been described as a state-within-a-state. It controls a large percentage of the Iranian economy and answers directly to the Supreme Leader.

It was formed in the aftermath of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, which brought the ayatollahs to power, and was created to ensure their rule.