Amid growing tensions in Jerusalem, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Saturday for the destruction of Israel. In a series of tweets, he attacked Israel and urged the arming of Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank:
“This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated… The only means to confront a barbaric regime like #Israel is arming West Bank… “#WestBank should be armed just like #Gaza. Friends of Palestine should do their best to arm People in West Bank”
In another tweet, Khamenei repeated this theme:
“There’s no weapon in #WestBank. Stones are their only weapons; but Zionist regime do any crimes it can & kills children. #AlAqsaUnderAttack… They demolish homes & farms in #WestBank, humiliate people, cut their water & electricity, kill their children & youth! #FreePalestine”
The Supreme Leader added:
“We’ve seen 100s of times that #Israel doesn’t abide by #peace.They didn’t even tolerate Arafat who cooperated w/them& poisoned him to death”
There is no evidence that Arafat was poisoned.
On his Facebook page (Persian link), Khamenei expressed similar sentiments:
“We believe that the #WestBank should be armed just like #Gaza. It requires a hand of power. Those who care for the destiny of #Palestine, if there is anything that they can do, it’s this one; people there should be armed. The only thing that can reduce the pains and sorrows of the Palestinians, is that they possess a hand of power and manifest their power; otherwise with obedient, submissive and compromising manner, nothing will be done to the benefit of the Palestinians and the barbarism of this violent, wicked and wolflike entity will not be reduced at all. Of course it is the duty of the people of the world to politically support Palestine, too; there is no doubt about it; as you can see there are public movements in support of Palestine in Muslim countries as well as non-Muslim ones.”
Earlier today the Supreme Leader re-tweeted his nine step plan for eliminating Israel.
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) November 9, 2014
“Zionist officials cannot be called humans, they are like animals, some of them… The Israeli regime is doomed to failure and annihilation.”
Khamenei is not alone among Iran’s leaders in expressing genocidal intentions towards Israel. In a report prepared for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (.pdf) in 2012, Joshua Teitelbaum documented similar sentiments expressed by a wide spectrum of Iran’s leaders, including former president Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, both often described as “moderates” or “reformers.”