by: Ilse Strauss
Thursday, 21 May 2020 | The supreme leader of Iran has never been shy about his intentions toward Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s Twitter feed, public speeches and official comments are often peppered with vows to annihilate the Jewish state, which he calls a “cancerous tumor.” In fact, the Islamic Republic has even erected a digital clock in Tehran city center that counts down the days to 2040, when the supreme leader predicts Israel will meet a destructive end.
This week, Khamenei stepped up the Israel-hatred another notch, publishing a poster on his website showing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after the site has apparently been captured from Israel. The compound is filled with jubilant crowds, presided over by smiling soldiers and the military commanders of Iran’s terror proxies. The Palestinian flag is being hoisted over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while the Hezbollah and Hamas flags flutter below and the Israeli flag is torched in the background. Pictures of Khamenei, the late Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp Quds Force head Qassem Soleimani and various other so-called “martyrs” are held high. In an apparent attempt to give the poster a pastoral feel, three white doves are released from their cage to circle the festivities below.
While the scene is unsettling, the poster language is particularly disturbing. “Palestine will be free,” Khamenei boasted in English, Farsi and Arabic. “The final solution.” The phrase, “final solution,” is borrowed from the Nazis’ terminology used for the murder of all Jews during the Holocaust.
Israel and the US condemned the poster, accusing Khamenei of calling for genocide against the Jewish people.
“The leader of the world’s top sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism denies the Holocaust, sends money and weapons to anti-Israel terrorists, and now has invoked the Nazi call for the Final Solution,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office also responded via Twitter. “Khamenei’s threats to carry out ‘The Final Solution’ against Israel bring to mind the Nazi ‘Final Solution’ plan to annihilate the Jewish People. He should know that any regime that threatens the destruction of the State of Israel faces a similar danger.”
Khamenei was quick to defend himself, claiming he simply seeks the eradication of Israel, not the annihilation of all Jewish people. “Eliminating the Zionist regime doesn’t mean eliminating Jews,” he explained. “We aren’t against Jews.”
The supreme leader was quick to add that the destruction of Israel was but a matter of time. “It will happen,” he assured.
Khamenei also generously offered Iran’s backing to anybody actively seeking to destroy the Jewish state. “We will support and assist any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime, and we do not hesitate to say this.”
The supreme leader has since removed the poster from its website.
Posted on May 21, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, May 21, 2020)
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