by: Ilse Strauss
Monday, 25 October 2021 | The supreme leader of Iran believes that ties of friendship and cooperation with the ‘evil Zionist regime’ is akin to iniquity. According to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the four Arab countries that normalized relations with Israel in 2020 have all “sinned” and should repent, forsake their erroneous ways and atone for their misdeeds.
“Some governments have unfortunately made errors—have made big errors and have sinned in normalizing (their relations) with the usurping and oppressive Zionist regime,” the ayatollah railed in an official speech marking a public holiday for the prophet Mohammed’s birthday.
“It is an act against Islamic unity,” he continued. “They must return from this path and make up for this big mistake.”
Khamenei’s tongue lashing was directed at the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, all of which normalized ties with the Jewish state last year as part of the “Abraham Accords,” Israel’s first treaty with Arab nations since the peace deals with Egypt in 1997 and Jordan in 1994.
The ayatollah’s disdain for Israel is nothing new. In fact, the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic regularly threatens the Jewish state with annihilation, referring to Israel as a “cancerous tumor” that must be “eradicated.” Last year, he also boasted that his country is planning a “final solution” against Israel. And in his most recent tirade in May, Khamenei condemned Israel as a “terrorist base” instead of a country and called on his fellow Muslim brethren to continue the fight against the Jewish state.
The war of words has been heating up as Iran works to cross the nuclear threshold, a line Jerusalem says it won’t allow Tehran to cross. In fact, experts and news outlets have long since speculated that a number of accidents, disasters and calamities befalling Iran’s nuclear sites, thwarting its nuclear progress, may be Israel’s handiwork.
In June, the sixth round of negotiations in Vienna over a possible return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—the 2015 nuclear deal from which the Trump administration withdrew in 2018—concluded without yielding fruit. Although no date has been set for the seventh round, officials say it might be as early as next month.
Israel is, however, not banking on a diplomatic solution. Last week, Israel announced that NIS 5 billion (US $1.6 billion) has been allocated to prepare the military for the possibility of a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. In answer, Iran’s top security official Ali Shamkhani vowed to inflict “many billions of dollars” worth of damage in the event of such a strike.
Posted on October 25, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 25, 2021)
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