Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has starkly contradicted American assurances that Israel’s security would not be damaged by a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program.
“US says that Israel’s security must be protected,” said a posting on Khamenei’s Twitter account. “Know that whether or not a deal is achieved,#Israel will get more insecure on a daily basis.”
Khamenei’s prediction that Israel’s security will decline was bolstered by two further anti-Semitic tweets. “US concerns abt #Israel‘s security aren’t genuine either,” said the first awkwardly-worded posting. “The goal is their interests by satisfying Zionist network that holds their lifeline.”
The next tweet explicitly mentioned the city of Ferguson, Missouri, where tensions between the local African-American community and the police over the shooting death of 18 year-old Michael Brown have been exploited by pro-Palestinian activists seeking to draw a link between American and Israeli “racism.”
“#Zionist network blackmail US officials &if they act agnst (sic) their will, they’re forced to resign, face defamation and death threats. #Ferguson,” Khamenei declared.
Earlier this month, Khamenei issued what his office described as “nine key questions” that justify Israel’s “elimination.” Khamenei proposed a referendum of the “original inhabitants of Palestine” to decide the country’s fate, making it clear that “the Jewish immigrants who have been persuaded into emigration to Palestine do not have the right to take part in this referendum.” The Iranian leader also called for Palestinians in the West Bank to be “armed” like their compatriots in Gaza.