Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ayatollah Khamenei vows no Israel by 2040 -- says Jewish nation will be 'destroyed'

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday in a series of social media postings that Israel ought to be prepared for total annihilation – the Jewish nation "will not see [the] next 25 years," his account tweeted.

By 2040, he vowed, Israel would be completely devastated, the Times of Israel reported.

Khamenei, in a message directed at Israel, wrote: "You will not see next 25 years" because enemies would continue to wage war on the nation until it was completely destroyed, the newspaper said.

The tweet also included a photograph of the Iranian religious leader walking on a sidewalk painting of Israel's flag.

The full text of Khamenei's threat, which came from a speech he made earlier in the day, read in broken English: "After negotiations, in Zionist regime they said they had no more concern about Iran for next 25 years. I'd say: Firstly, you will not see next 25 years. God willing, there will be nothing as Zionist regime by next 25 years. Secondly, until then, struggling, heroic and jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists."

Against this backdrop is the fate of the U.S.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran, which President Obama insists will prove successful. A just-release Pew poll indicates nearly half of America disagrees with Obama, and dislikes the deal, while only 2 percent say they trust Tehran to uphold its end of the bargain, as WND reported.

The White House says the deal means Iran will not be able to develop a nuclear weapon. Critics say it opens the doors to just that, even as it givens Iran between $50 billion and $150 billion in sanctions' relief and allows the country to stall nuclear watchdogs from scrutinizing suspected sites for up to 24 days.

This isn't Khamenei's first threats against Israel – or against Israel's allies, for that matter. He's frequently referred to America as the "Great Satan." And in his comments this week, he doubled down on that label, adding that the nuclear talks with Washington were the only diplomatic correspondences America should expect with Iranian leaders.

"We approved talks with the United States about [the] nuclear issue specifically," he said, the Times of Israel reported, citing Khamenei's website. "We have not allowed talks with the U.S. in other fields and we [do] not negotiate with them."

He also wrote on his website further talks would prove "a tool for penetration and imposing their demands." And on Twitter, he expanded on that view, writing how his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, saw the "U.S. [as] the Great Satan" despite how "some insist on depicting this Great Satan as an angel." He added in his tweet: Talks with America were a "means of infiltration and impositions of their wills."

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