Iran abruptly escalated regional tensions with Israel Friday; saying the “Zionist regime” is a “cancerous tumor” on the Middle East that must be “uprooted and destroyed.”
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered a nationally televised, 30 minute address to the Iranian people in a rare speech.
“The Zionist regime is a deadly, cancerous growth and a detriment to this region,” Khamenei said. “It will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed.”
“Iran under the U.S.-allied Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi had relations with Israel. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the first Quds Day be held on the last Friday of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan to criticize Israel. The late Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat was among the first people invited to Iran after the revolution,” reports the Associated Press.
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AYATOLLAH: UK Ambassador Should Be ‘Chopped Into Pieces’ for Attending Ukraine Jet Memorial
Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda launched a bizarre, anti-Western tirade this week; saying the UK Ambassador to Iran should be “chopped into pieces” and that “hundreds of thousands” of American soldiers were killed in airstrikes earlier this month.
“Trump has become the target of our fighters’ fast missiles. In his military base, hundreds of thousands of his soldiers were turned into dust and ashes. According to the reports, he still denies it,” claimed the Ayatollah.
Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda: U.K. Ambassador Should Be Chopped into Pieces; Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Soldiers Were Killed in Our Missile Attack; Iranians Who Refused to Step on Flags of Israel, U.S. Should Be Court-Martialed, Executed pic.twitter.com/38bp0ED6Gw
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UK ambassador to Iran has flown back to Britain. UK says it’s a planned working visit. He was detained briefly on Saturday evening after attending a vigil in Tehran for the victims of the Ukrainian airline crash.
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“Some people say that the Ambassador of England should be deported. Deporting the Ambassador of England would be the most polite thing to do. No way! The Ambassador of England should be chopped into pieces,” he added.
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TEHRAN’S TIRADE: Iran’s Ayatollah WISHES ‘Death’ on Trump, Pompeo, Bolton
The Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei unloaded on America’s top leaders this week; telling a packed crowd that his country’s infamous “Death to America” chant includes the deaths of President Trump, Secretary of State Pompeo, and John Bolton.
“‘Death to America’ means death to Trump and John Bolton and Pompeo,” said Khamenei. “It means death to American leaders, who happen to be these people at this time.”
The Ayatollah’s comments come as Tehran celebrates the 40th anniversary of their religious revolution; overthrowing western-backed leadership and installing an Islamic regime.
The relationship between the US and Iran reached a new low this year after the United States announced its decision to withdraw from the International Nuclear Agreement; reinstating harsh economic penalties on Iranian leadership and businesses.
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