Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei compared Israel to the corona virus and called for its destruction. Khamenei made a statement on Friday on the so-called Al-Quds Day, which commemorates the occupation of East Jerusalem by Israel in 1967. Khamenei’s statements were condemned internationally, including by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“A number of people get to the conclusion that the Zionist regime is a reality in the region that one has to come to terms with,” wrote Khamenei on his English-language Twitter account. “Today, Covid-19 is a reality; should we accept it or fight it ?! The long-standing virus of Zionism will be uprooted thanks to the determination and belief of youth,” said Khamenei, who compared Israel to a “deadly, cancerous growth.” that must be “uprooted and destroyed”.
“It is completely unacceptable to question Israel’s right to exist and to call for the annihilation of Israel,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted. It broadcast a tweet from EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who condemned Khamenei’s statements as “a threat to international peace and security”.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned against challenging Israel. Israel will be prepared for all threats, Gantz wrote on Facebook. He is to replace Netanyahu as prime minister in the fall of next year.
The disintegration of Israel and the “liberation of Palestine” have been part of Iran’s foreign policy doctrine for decades. In his speech on state television, Khamenei described the occupation of Palestine and the displacement of millions of people from her country as a “unique crime” in world history. The “criminals” of the Zionists in Israel should therefore be treated with strength and not with negotiations, according to the Ayatollah, who according to the constitution has the final say in all strategic matters.
Khamenei had already triggered harsh criticism with a picture of the “final solution” in Jerusalem. The drawing under the motto “Palestine will be free” shows the Jerusalem Temple Mount. It says: “The final solution: resistance until a referendum.” He wrote on Twitter: “We will support any nation or group that is against the Zionist regime and is fighting it.” The “elimination of the Zionist regime” does not mean that of the Jews. Rather, it means abolishing an “imposed regime” like Netanyahu’s. Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had strongly condemned Khamenei for the “final solution” picture.
At the Wannsee Conference in Berlin in 1942, fifteen high-ranking representatives of the Nazi state discussed how the so-called final solution to the Jewish question – the millions of murders of European Jews – could be implemented as effectively as possible.
Al Quds Day is held every year on the last Friday of Ramadan. This year, the state-organized mass demonstrations in Iran were canceled due to the corona crisis and the high risk of infection – just like a car parade proposed by President Hassan Rouhani in the capital Tehran. The Iranians could virtually take part in the event on qudsday.net.
Other Iranian leaders also spoke on Al-Quds Day. “This day symbolizes the unity of Muslims in defending Islamic ideals,” said Rouhani. One of these ideals is to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. According to Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iran will continue to fully support the “Palestinian Freedom Movements”. Iran would also not allow Jerusalem to be recognized as the capital of Israel and the “deal of the century” to be carried out.
This statement relates to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan. Israel is considering annexing parts of the West Bank, such as the Jordan Valley, as part of the plan.
Source: Apa / dpa