(TheTower.org) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday described Israel as a “cancerous tumor” and called for a “holy intifada” to destroy the Jewish state.
Khamenei’s latest threat came in a speech introducing the regime’s sixth conference in support of a Palestinian intifada, or violent uprising against Israel. The conference was held in Tehran and had seats reserved for the heads of the terrorist groups Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hezbollah, according to The New York Times. All three groups have received funds, intelligence and weapons from Iran.
The creation of Israel “is another dirty page in history that will be closed with the permission and assistance of Allah the Exalted, just like other dirty pages in history,” Khamenei said in his speech, according to a translation posted on his website.
“The illegitimate entity of the Zionist regime will continue to exist only if it is founded on the ruins of Palestine’s identity and entity,” he added. “That is why protecting Palestinian identity and guarding all the symbols of this truthful and natural identity is a necessity and a holy jihad.”
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs observed in a report published last week that the nuclear deal has not stopped Iran “from propagating Israel’s destruction.” Khamenei has been quoted describing Israel in July as an “illegal and filthy Zionist regime,” and long-range ballistic missiles tested by Iran in March had the phrase “Israel should be wiped off the map/face of the earth” written on them in Hebrew.
“The combination of an extreme Islamist ideology that repetitively preaches the destruction of Israel, boasts of its advanced missile program and seeks to return to the bosom of the Western world makes Iran all the more dangerous,” the report noted.