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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up what he claims is a piece of an Iranian drone. Photo: Lennart Preiss / MSC 2018 via Getty Images

Iran's Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaie said Monday that Tel Aviv would "be razed to the ground if the Israeli regime took any military action against the Islamic Republic," CNN reports.

Why it matters: Tensions between the two countries have escalated as the war in Syria is "spilling over into a wide proxy fight," per CNN. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country "will act without hesitation to defend ourselves, and we will act, if necessary, not just against Iran's proxies that are attacking us, but against Iran itself."

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Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.