Netanyahu: Iran’s Ayatollah Tweets That Israel Must Be Destroyed

Melanie Arter | March 3, 2015 | 12:15pm EST
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

( - Speaking before a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini has tweeted that “Israel must be annihilated.”

“Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini spews the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated. He tweets. You know in Iran there isn’t exactly free Internet, but he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed,” Netanyahu said.

As previously reported, Khamenei called for Israel to be annihilated in one of a series of anti-Israel tweets last year:

“This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated. 7/23/14 #HandsOffAlAqsa” the tweet stated.

“For those who believe that Iran’s threatened the Jewish state but not the Jewish people, listen to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Iran’s chief terrorist proxy. He said, ‘If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world,’” Netanyahu told Congress Tuesday.

“But Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So too Iran’s regime poses a great threat – not only to Israel, but also to the peace of the entire world,” he added.

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