Damascus: Iran will "cut off Israel`s
feet" if the Jewish state attacks Damascus, Iranian Vice
President Mohammad Rida Rahimi vowed on Friday at the end of a
two-day visit to key regional ally Syria.
"We will stand alongside Syria against any (Israeli)
threat," Rahimi said at a news conference with Syrian Prime
Minister Mohammad Naji Otri.
"If those who have violated Palestinian land want to
try anything we will cut off their feet," he said in reference
to the Jewish state.
Rahimi described Syria as a "strong country that is
ready to confront any threat" and pledged that Tehran "will
back Syria with all its means and strength."
On Tuesday, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates accused
Iran and Syria of arming Hezbollah with increasingly
sophisticated rockets and missiles which he said undermined
stability in the region.
And yesterday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against the risk of
sparking a regional war if he supplies long-range Scud
missiles to Hezbollah.
"President Assad is making decisions that could mean
war or peace for the region," she warned.
Earlier this month, Israeli President Shimon Peres
claimed that Syria was supplying the militant Shiite group
Hezbollah with Scud missiles.
Syria has denied the charges.
Hezbollah, which is backed by Syria and Iran, fought a
month-long war with Israel in 2006 during which it fired more
than 4,000 rockets on the Jewish state.