In a series of rebuffs to the United States’ outreach, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated on Sunday that America is Iran’s “main enemy,” and went on to mock President Barack Obama’s hopeful Nowruz holiday message from earlier this year.
Khamenei asserted in a meeting with leaders of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad that Iran “sees the United States as [the] main enemy with the Zionist regime standing behind it,” the Mehr News Agency described him as saying.
“The extensive war going on in the region is [a] continuation of the same warfare which has been waged against the Islamic Republic of Iran since 37 years ago; and in this confrontation, the issue of Palestine is the main issue and as the Islamic Republic of Iran has been committed to its support for Palestine as a duty, it will continue to fulfill this duty in the future as well,” Khamenei said.
In addition to Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Iran also supports Hamas and Hezbollah, terrorist organizations dedicated to Israel’s destruction.
Khamenei went on to praise Hezbollah, saying that it “is strong enough not to suffer any damages from some pressures and there is no doubt the fear and scare the Zionist regime today has of Hezbollah is much more than the past.”
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened in February to launch an attack against Israel that could kill tens of thousands. IDF deputy chief of staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan warned last week that the next war between Israel and Hezbollah will be “devastating” because the Iran-backed terrorist organization had embedded its military assets among civilians.
Khamenei also took to Twitter that day to mock Obama’s March message to the Iranian people on the holiday of Nowruz. Obama, citing a poem by the Iranian poet Fereydoon Moshiri, restated his desire to “open a new window-and begin a new relationship-between our countries.”
Khamenei posted a video in response which said in part, “they want the windows to be open so that they can enter the house because they could not enter through the door.”
Ayatollah Khamenei’s response to the poem Obama read in his Nowruz message. pic.twitter.com/M7tM9itJEI
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) May 1, 2016
[Photo: Ayatullah Khamenei Speeches English / YouTube ]