Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with members of the paramilitary basij today and called Israel an “unclean rabid dog” that’s a “threat to the world.”
Khamenei’s comments on the Jewish state were made Tuesday morning as negotiators from the P5+1 meet with their Iranian counterparts in Geneva for the third round of negotiations concerning the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
Khamenei’s official Facebook page and Twitter account also quoted the leader, saying that European countries, and France in particular, humiliate their nations by working with “Zionists officials & pay them lip service.” Khamenei is referring to recent French objections to a proposed agreement drafted during last week’s nuclear negotiations.
Khamenei, who has the final word on all of Iran’s domestic and foreign policy, also took aim at the U.S., accusing it of bearing responsibility for many of the world’s ills and blaming the U.S. for “provoking Saddam [Hussein] to attack Iran” following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iranian leaders often refer to the U.S. government as the leader of the “global arrogance.”
Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments on Israel continue to demonstrate Tehran’s aggressive stance and amplifies concerns Israeli leaders have expressed regarding any nuclear deal that does not end Iran’s progress toward nuclear weaponization.
When referring to Israel, Khamenei’s said: “[The] Israeli regime, this sinister, unclean rabid dog of the region, says Iran is a threat to the world; No! Israel itself is a threat to the world.”
Khamenei’s comparison of Israel to dogs, which are viewed as ritually impure animals in Islam and in most Middle Eastern cultures, was met with chants of “death to Israel” from the thousands of participants at the gathering.