Iranian political analyst Emad Abshenas, the Editor-in-Chief of the Iran Diplomatic journal, said in an October 28, 2021 interview on Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) that Israel is "far too small" to challenge Iran and that Iran could easily destroy Israel. He explained that Iran has been preparing for war against the United States for decades and that it has no need to prepare for war against Israel. Abshenas said that Israel is like an "open book" to Iran's intelligence services, which he claimed have surveillance throughout all of Israel, including its sensitive sites. He explained that Hizbullah could attack Israel's most sensitive targets, such as major infrastructure facilities, and that Iran does not even need nuclear weapons to destroy Israel, because it knows the location of Israel's nuclear arsenal, which would "do the job" if Iran targeted them. In addition, Abshenas said that the only Iranian nuclear plant that Israel can attack is the Bushehr plant, because all of Iran's other plants are underground, but an attack against Bushehr would cause damage mostly to the Arab countries along the Gulf.
Later in the interview, Abshenas said that the United States is not interested in entering a conflict with Iran because it would lead to "catastrophe." He also said that the Americans are busy trying to "save themselves" from China's rapid economic development, which he said could cause the U.S. to collapse.
Emad Abshenas: "The Israelis know that for 25-30 years, Iran has been preparing for a confrontation with the U.S., and not with the Zionist entity. The Zionist entity is far too small to challenge the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran does not take Israel into account in this matter, and therefore the Iranians did not respond to the Israeli threats. In recent years, Netanyahu has tried to attack Iran with American troops, using money from the Gulf, but all these attempts have failed. The Israelis know they do not have the ability to do this.
"The Zionist entity is like an open book to Iran and its intelligence services. They know that all sensitive sites in the occupied lands are being monitored by Iran. When Hassan Nasrallah says, for example, that if Israel attacks Lebanon, Hizbullah will attack the ammonia tanks in Haifa, that indicates the existence of widespread surveillance.
"The [Iranians] know where to attack in order to destroy Israel. Iran does not need a nuclear bomb in order to destroy the Zionist entity, because it knows the location of Israel's nuclear weapons, and can target those weapons and let them do the job.
"However, if the Zionist entity attacks sensitive targets in Iran, Iran will attack sensitive targets in the occupied lands. The main point that should be noted is that for Iran, the Zionist entity is like an open space. If we exclude the Palestinian lands, Israel's territory is 15,000-16,000 square kilometers. Therefore, attacking major infrastructure facilities in the Zionist entity would lead to a catastrophe there. I am being clear about this.
"On the other hand, if the Zionist entity attacks a number of plants... The only plant that [Israel] can attack is the Bushehr plant. All the other Iranian nuclear plants are underground and under the mountains. Attacking these plants would not be that easy. The Bushehr plant is the exception. An attack on the Bushehr plant would cause a disaster in the Arab countries more than it would in Iran.
"The U.S. knows that such ideas might lead to a catastrophe among its allies in the region. The U.S. has no interest in going into such a war or conflict. Today, American survival is threatened by Chinese progress. The Americans are only trying to save themselves from China's rapid economic development. If, within a few years, China manages to surpass America's economy, the United States will collapse."