Brigadier-General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, Deputy Commander of the IRGC for Cultural and Social Affairs and former Commander of the Basij, said during a December 28, 2018 interview on Al-Nujaba TV (Iraq) that Saudi Arabia's military strength does not compare to Iran's and that Iran could easily destroy it. He also expressed with confidence that America will not launch a war against Iran, and said that if it does, Iran will destroy all the American military bases in the region. Naqdi stressed that Israel must be "destroyed and wiped out" and that "the Zionists" must be " annihilated and destroyed." He concluded by saying that he will personally hoist the flag of the Islamic Revolution in Jerusalem.
Following are excerpts:
Interviewer: Do you think that Saudi Arabia is capable of following through with its threats?
Brigadier-General Mohammed Reza Naqdi: This is very laughable. We have a Farsi proverb that goes: "You cannot compare an ant to an elephant." Saudi Arabia is incapable of controlling even its domestic front. It uses fighter planes to bomb small neighborhoods in Saudi Arabia.
I believe that Saudi Arabia is much weaker than you might think. If we gave the order to a division in any of our 30 provinces, it would be able to defeat and destroy Saudi Arabia. It's true that Saudi Arabia has many advanced weapons, but it cannot face an army like Iran's.
America will not launch a war against Iran. If it does – a possibility that I rule out – we will destroy all its military bases in the region. We currently stand before the gates and barbed wire [surrounding those bases], and if they make a wrong move, we will cross those barbed wire fences.
Israel must be destroyed and wiped out. There is no doubt that the Zionists must be annihilated and destroyed. This will definitely happen. Neither Russia nor any other country can intermediate between us and the Zionists. The Islamic Revolution in Iran will not back down even an inch from its position regarding the wiping out of Israel.
We were, we are, and we will continue to be the soldiers of Imam Khamenei, until our last breath and until the last drop of our blood. I, myself, will hoist the flag of the Islamic Revolution in Jerusalem, Allah willing.