“Israel will be destroyed within 25 years” appears to be the new mantra promoted by Iran’s propaganda machine ahead of Iran’s “National Day to Fight Global Arrogance” on November 4. It marks the anniversary of the takeover of the US embassy in Tehran by the Iranian students in 1979.
Posters to promote the slogan, circulated recently by institutions affiliated with the Iranian government, demonstrate an effort to popularize the motto as its new anti-Israel slogan. The words echo a statement by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which prophesized the destruction of Israel within the next 25 years.
In early September, Khamenei said, “After [the nuclear] negotiations [ended], in the ‘Zionist regime,’ they said they were not concerned about Iran for next 25 years. I’d say, firstly, you will not see the next 25 years. God willing, there will be nothing called the ‘Zionist regime’ within the next 25 years.”
The new slogan, which recycles the same hateful message of the infamous “Death to Israel” slogan, may indicate an attempt by Iran’s elite to invigorate anti-Israel sentiments among the Iranian people, and specifically the younger generation who have grown weary of the old rhetoric. While the “Death to Israel” slogan continues to be used in Iran, the new slogan introduces a more tangible goal and a timed promise of victory.
Pro-government media outlets are also using the new slogan on social media platforms. Several accounts which appear to be affiliated with government controlled media have shared images promoting the new slogan and created a hashtag in an attempt to make it trend.
The slogans of “Death to America,” “Death to Israel” and “Israel will be destroyed within 25 years” are part of the Iranian regime’s ongoing attempt to promote and justify its hostile policies to audiences inside and outside Iran.
Below are a few examples that demonstrate the media campaign to promote the new slogan.