Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei tweets reasons to ‘eliminate’ Israel
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On Sunday, a Twitter account attributed to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei posted nine reasons why Israel should be eliminated.
In a question and answer format, the post outlined Khamenei’s case for the “elimination of Israel,” referring to the Israeli government as “the fake Zionist regime.”
The post did not call for “the massacre of the Jewish people in the region,” but for a referendum on the future of the territory to by “[a]ll the original people of Palestine including Muslims, Christians and Jews.”
That said, the Ayatollah isn’t exactly calling for peace.
BELOW: The tweet containing the “9 key questions” Khamenei answered about Israel
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) November 9, 2014
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Khamenei’s tweet in a statement Monday night and told his office to send a letter to the foreign ministers of the countries currently involved in talks with Iran about its nuclear program — the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, collectively known as the P5+1.
“He is publicly calling for the annihilation of Israel, as he’s negotiating a nuclear deal with the P5+1 countries,” he said in his statement.
“There is no moderation in Iran. It is unrepentant, unreformed… it promotes international terrorism and, as the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] just said, it continues to deceive the international community about its nuclear weapons program.”
He went on to call the Iranian government a “terrorist reigme” and urged those at the negotiating table to not “rush into a deal that would let Iran rush to the bomb.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the European Commission Vice-President Catherine Ashton for two days of direct talks in Oman, but little progress was made, according to Al Jazeera.
The deadline to reach a final deal over Iran’s nuclear energy program is Nov. 24.