Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday underlined why Israel has such a problem with the US-brokered nuclear agreement when he threatened that the Jewish state would cease to exist in just 25 years.
In remarks posted to his official Twitter account, Khamenei suggested that Israel was pleased by the nuclear deal because it meant an Iranian nuclear weapon wouldn’t be a concern for at least 25 years.
But Khamenei warned the “Zionists” not to get too excited, cause they wouldn’t be around that long, anyway.
In broken English, the Iranian leader’s posts read:
“…you will not see next 25 years; God willing, there will be nothing as Zionist regime by next 25 years. [And] until then, struggling, heroic and jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists.”
For good measure, Khamenei reminded his audience that, signed agreements aside, the Unites States remains “the Great Satan.”
Late last month, the Iranian regime rejected assertions that its acceptance of the nuclear agreement signaled greater pragmatism in general, even toward Israel.
Khamenei’s top adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, stressed that “Iran will not recognize Israel. We still emphasize that Israel is a usurper and occupying regime and we will not come along with it.”
Hossein Sheikholeslam, adviser to the Iranian parliament speaker on international affairs, went even further, telling reports in Tehran that “Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan.”
Meanwhile, Western leaders involved in the Iran nuclear deal continue to brush off the Islamic Republic’s threats against Israel as a mere “disappointment.”
In remarks that seemed to characterize the attitudes of all her Western colleagues, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a Berlin press conference, “It is not acceptable how Iran continues to talk about Israel. It is a disappointment that there has been no change as far as the recognition of Israel goes.”
But Israel cannot afford to take such a flippant approach to the Iranian threats. “As a member of the Jewish people that experienced the Holocaust, I believe someone when he says he wants to destroy me,” Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on a visit to New York.
“No one has to love Israel,” Edelstein continued. “It is fine and necessary to express criticism, but you cannot threaten to destroy us.”
Israel argues that the US-brokered agreement, the terms of which Iran has already stated it will violate, will enable the ayatollahs to continue work on a nuclear weapon almost unabated and with little or no risk of further sanctions. Even though the agreement calls for the immediate reimposition of sanctions should Iran renege, few expect Western nations that have reestablished lucrative economic ties to play along.
And even without a nuclear weapon, the sanctions-lifting agreement fails entirely to deal with Iran’s facilitating of terrorist violence against Israel, which is expected to accelerate as Iranian assets are unfrozen.