Israel’s defence minister has said his country will strike back if attacked by arch-enemy Iran.

Avigdor Lieberman told Arabic news outlets Elaph: “We hear many (Iranian) threats … but if they attack Tel Aviv we will strike Tehran.”

The interview was published on Thursday as he was in the US for talks with defence officials.

There has been a spike in hostile rhetoric between the bitter rivals since an airstrike on a military base in Syria that Iran and Russia blamed on Israel.

Syria’s ally Iran has threatened to respond.

Israel views Iran as a serious threat due to its nuclear and missile programmes, support of violent regional groups and frequent calls for the destruction of the Jewish state.

It has warned it will not tolerate Iran establishing itself militarily in neighbouring Syria.

Listen to the Jewish Views Podcast: