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Iran’s Leader Calls Israel An “Unclean Rabid Dog”


Khamanei’s Face­book post

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.