IRGC Commander-in-Chief General Hossein Salami said in a February 17, 2020 interview aired on the Hizbullah-affiliated Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) that Iran's goals revolve around the expulsion of the U.S. from the Middle East and the collapse and annihilation of Israel, which he referred to as the "center of evil." He threatened that all of the territory occupied by Israel is within range of Iran's weapons and said that the Israelis have Muslim enemies from Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia just across the border from them. General Salami said that Israel's walls, fences, and war-weary soldiers will not be able to protect it and that it cannot rely on American support. In addition, he said that Trump and Netanyahu have "dug their graves" with their policy in the Islamic world and that they will be buried along with these policies.
Hossein Salami: "Generally speaking, [our] goals revolve around the collapse of the Zionist entity and the annihilation of its existence in this region. This regime constitutes the center of evil right now. This is in addition to [the goal of] ending the American presence in the region and thwarting all the policies of the United States. Our strategic retaliation will be complete when these things happen. We will see this through to the end.
"We warn the Israelis that they should watch their behavior. By the way, they are much smaller than the Americans. Much smaller. We consider them to be more impotent. All the places they occupy fall within the range of our fire. Obviously, they will not be targeted just from within Iran. Today, they can hear the voices of the Muslim peoples that oppose them from across the border – Pakistanis, Iraqis, Afghans, Lebanese, Syrians, Bahrainis, Yemenis, and others – even from Saudi Arabia. They can hear their voices. There is great potential to annihilate the Zionist entity, but so far, the circumstances have not been favorable for this to happen.
"The [Israelis] should note that they are besieged in a small geographical space. They will not be saved by their concrete walls, electric fences, or soldiers that are tired of war and that are afraid to die. This characterizes many of the Zionists, of course. They should not count on the Americans, either. Others have tried this and have gotten no result. The Americans always come late. It has happened before. When the Americans come to the rescue, it's like an ambulance that comes to save a person after his death.
"We fight the enemies of Islam everywhere. This fight will continue until the enemies are expelled from the countries of the Muslims. We are not the only ones fighting this fight - this is the will of all Muslim peoples. So this will continue and Trump and Netanyahu should not pin their hopes on their interim plan. They have dug [their] graves with their policy in the Islamic world. They will be buried along with their policy. They will be buried in the Islamic world. Today, they have no choice but to flee and admit that an unparalleled force has appeared in the Islamic world."