Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Wednesday that Israel will be punished for killing one of its generals in an airstrike in Syria that also killed six Lebanese Hezbollah fighters.How Israel’s Strike Ratchets Up Tensions With Hezbollah, Iran - Washington Wire - WSJ
Nasser Soltani, a senior Guard commander, said "Israel will certainly pay for what it did." He spoke during a ceremony Wednesday for Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, who will be buried in his hometown of Sirjan in southeastern Iran on Thursday.
Iran has repeatedly vowed to retaliate against any attacks by Israel or Western powers in recent years. It is unlikely to respond militarily, but may step up the support it already provides to armed groups like the Palestinian Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah movements.
An Israeli helicopter attacked two vehicles in Syria on Sunday. The dead included the son of assassinated Hezbollah terror-master Imad Mughniyeh (who was killed by a car bomb in Damascus in 2008); several senior Hezbollah commanders; and a high-ranking Iranian general. Israel, as is customary, has not confirmed or denied the attack. But the official media of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard did.Tehran Says Iranian General Killed In Israeli Airstrike In Syria
The Israelis struck Syria at least five times in 2014, usually to disrupt weapons shipments from Iran to Hezbollah via Syria. But this attack is likely to test the patience of Iran, Hezbollah and Israel at a very sensitive time. The Israelis don’t put helicopters in the air by coincidence, an Israeli Syrian expert opined to the New York Times; so the assumption is that the strike intentionally targeted senior Hezbollah operatives who presumably were planning or en route to an operation against Israel from the Syrian side of the border.
The question is whether the Israelis also had information that there were Iranian military or Revolutionary Guard personnel in the vehicles as well. Iran has previously accused Israel of killing one of its senior commanders as he traveled across Syria to Lebanon.