US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s Twitter Twitter words fight over hacked Israeli sites and allegations of computer attacks on strategic facilities: Israel-Iran rivalry intensifies on the ground cyberwar, reports AFP news agency.
This new chapter in the relations between the two enemies coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Israeli army’s withdrawal from South Lebanon, territory under the influence of the Lebanese Hezbollah close to Tehran, and “Yom Yerushalayim” in Hebrew or “Rouz Jihani Quds” in Persian.
This “Jerusalem Day” has two completely different meanings depending on the camps, Israel celebrating its control of the eastern part of the Holy City in 1967 and Iran supporting the Palestinians who oppose the annexation of East Jerusalem and to the Zionist project in general.
“We are going to support and lend assistance to any nation or group that opposes and fights against the Zionist regime,” the Iranian supreme guide wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
He also claimed that “the nature of the Zionist regime was incompatible with peace because the Zionists seek to increase their territory”, and accused Israel of “state terrorism”.
“Eliminating the Zionist regime does not mean eliminating the Jews (…) but” eliminating Israel “,” added the Iranian leader, calling for the expulsion of “thugs like Netanyahu”.
– “Final solution” ? –
On his web page, Ayatollah Khamenei calls for a “free Palestine” with the subtitle “the final solution: resistance until the referendum”.
“Khamenei’s threats to achieve the” final solution “against Israel are reminiscent of the Nazi” final solution “plan for the destruction of the Jewish people,” replied the Israeli Prime Minister overnight. “He should know that any regime that threatens Israel with extermination will face the same danger,” he added.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on Thursday to Netanyahu saying “disgusting that those whose civilization has found a” final solution “in the gas chambers attack those who seek a real solution through the ballot box of a referendum, “he tweeted.
US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, who visited Jerusalem last week to discuss Iran, lambasted Iranian Supreme Leader “hateful and anti-Semitic” comments, and European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said denounced “threats to international peace and security”.
For its part, Germany condemned “firmly (…) the calls for the destruction of Israel”, according to a source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaking of remarks “absolutely unacceptable”.
But after the tweets, Israel woke up to a series of computer attacks targeting websites of local businesses, municipalities and NGOs with the message: “the countdown to the destruction of Israel has started long ago.”
A link leads to a video of Tel Aviv bombed by fire and blood, with the words “be ready for a big surprise” and signed “hackers of the Saviors”.
The attack caused “no damage to national infrastructure,” the Israeli cybersecurity directorate told AFP, which did not directly incriminate Iran but had recently warned of acts of hacking for “Iranian Jerusalem Day”.
– “Iranian octopus” –
Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported an Israeli cyber attack on the Iranian port of Shahid Rajaei, located on the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic route for international oil traffic. However, it was carried out in retaliation for another cyberattack against civil hydraulic installations in Israel, according to the American daily.
In Israel, the authorities have not confirmed either of the two attacks, while leaving doubts hanging in sometimes metaphorical language.
“The Iranian octopus deploys its tentacles to catch us in different places (…) We must increase diplomatic, economic, military and technological pressure, and act in other sectors”, said Naftali Bennett during his speech on Monday of departure at the head of the Ministry of Defense.
Before the latest computer attacks, Israel had bombed pro-Iranian targets in neighboring Syria.
Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, the Hebrew State has carried out hundreds of strikes there against the forces of Damascus but also against those of Iran, Hezbollah and other pro-Tehran groups, which are participating in the war on sides of the scheme.
Under pressure from the bombing and the coronavirus crisis, Iran, the country most affected in the Middle East by the pandemic, is now in a “withdrawal position” in Syria, the Israeli army said on Thursday. “The Iranians are definitely trying new ways to fight Israel.”
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