Iran Promises Expanding Conflict With Israel

The Iranian government said that it would expand its current conflict with Israel as it buried its late President Ebrahim Raisi. The comment came after months of dramatic events in the Middle East, including the current war between Hamas and Israel as well as Iran’s large drone and missile strike on Israel.

The Iranian government called the fallen president a “martyr” during Wednesday’s funeral procession.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami said that Raisi “actually demonstrated indescribable bravery in Operation True Promise. With the government’s powerful diplomacy, we were able to attack the heart of the arrogance.”

The statement cited the large barrage of hundreds of missiles and drones against Israel earlier this year.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that the “promise to eliminate Israel will be kept, and we will see the day when Palestine extends from the sea to the river.”

“The resistance of the people of Gaza has impressed the world. Who would have thought that American universities would support Palestine?” he asked.

The vow also came as Israel criticized the Biden administration for offering condolences for Raisi’s death. The former president was killed alongside a provincial governor and Iran’s foreign minister in a helicopter crash last week.

The conflict between Israel and Iran has grown hotter after simmering tensions for years. Since the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attack that killed about 1,200 people groups tied to Iran have launched a number of attacks on targets tied to the United States and Israel.

Iran is a chief backer of Hamas, as well as the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah. Both groups have launched a series of strikes on Israel during the current conflict. The Houthi rebels in Yemen have also launched a series of missile and drone attacks on Israeli and American targets during the current Middle Eastern conflict.

The conflict between Jerusalem and Tehran grew sharper in recent months after Israel killed a number of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) leaders in Damascus, Syria.