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After Khomeini’s death in 1989, Islamic clerics chose Iran’s outgoing president, Ali Khamenei, to be Supreme Leader. On December 31, 1999, Khamenei stated that the “only possible solution” to political unrest in the Middle East would be “the annihilation and destruction of the Zionist state.” In 2000, Khamenei called Israel “this cancerous tumor of a state” which “should be removed from the region.” On January 15, 2001, at a meeting with organizers of the International Conference for Support of the Intifada, Khamenei also stated: “The foundation of the Islamic regime is opposition to Israel and the perpetual subject of Iran is the elimination of Israel from the region.” In 2002 President Rafsanjani stated: “If one day . . . the world of Islam comes to possess . . . nuclear weapons — on that day Israel’s method of global arrogance would come to a dead end. This … is because the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam.” In 1997, even the “moderate” president Mohammad Khatami called Israel a “racist, terrorist state.” Mohammad Hassan Rahimian, representative of the Supreme Leader Khamenei, explained: “The Jew” – not the Zionist, note, but the Jew – “is the most obstinate enemy of the devout. And the main war will determine the destiny of mankind. . . . The reappearance of the Twelfth Imam will lead to a war between Israel and the Shia.”
Ahmadinejad, Rafsanjani, Khamenei and all the other Iranian leaders are calling for Israel’s destruction, they predict Israel’s destruction, they dehumanize the Israeli Jews, they accuse Israel of perpetrating mass murder (a blood libel), they advocate the expulsion of Israeli Jews from the Middle East and they deny the Holocaust to facilitate the next one.
The Iranian leaders are saying that the Israelis “are like cattle, nay, more misguided.” They call the Jews “a bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians,” “an insult to human dignity,” a “stinking corpse,” a “wild beast” and a “scarecrow.” Like the Nazi weekly Der Stürmer portrayed Jews as “parasites” and “locusts,” or the Hutu propaganda in Rwanda against the Tutsis described them as “cockroaches,” the Iranian leaders have called Israeli Jews “filthy” and “bacteria.” Yahya Rahim Safavi, one of the founders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and now senior adviser to Supreme Leader Khamenei, called Israel “impure,” “unhygienic” and “contaminated.”
Iran has the motivation to destroy Israel, and if it is allowed to gain nuclear weapons it will not need an excuse to do so. But liberal, naïve commentators are contending that these anti-Jewish statements constitute direct incitement to commit genocide. By denying this Iranian willingness to commit another Holocaust of the Jewish people, the Western commentators are becoming accomplice to the potential crime.
Just as Hitler sought to “liberate” humanity by murdering the Jews, so the Iranian Ayatollahs believe they can “liberate” humanity by eradicating Israel. Today there are just two possible reactions: being concerned and resisting or being complacent and collaborating. How many “pro-Israel” friends can the Jewish State count these days?
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