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Iran Friday Sermon Denounces U.S. Support for Israel

Dur­ing his Fri­day ser­mon in Tehran, Aya­tol­lah Ahmad Khatami issued harsh crit­i­cism of U.S. sup­port for Israel’s lat­est mil­i­tary cam­paign against Hamas in Gaza.

Khatami said “America’s arro­gant regime has sup­ported Israel’s crimes in Gaza,” not­ing that Pres­i­dent Barack Obama responded ear­lier this week by sup­port­ing Israel’s right to self-defense against the bar­rage of rocket from Gaza. Khatami also described Pres­i­dent Obama as “the evil pres­i­dent of Amer­ica” that “inter­prets this as ‘Israel’s right,’” and that “it is for this rea­son the peo­ple of Islamic Iran chant the slo­gan ‘Death to America.’”

Khatami also said the “Zion­ist regime winds up” the Demo­c­ra­tic and Repub­lic par­ties like “pup­pets” behind the scene.

Khatami praised Hamas’s fight against Israel and used the pul­pit to voice the Iran­ian regime’s sup­port for the ter­ror­ist group, say­ing that “the Zion­ist regime’s prospects have dark­ened in the face of Gaza’s resistance …”