Iran continues hostile rhetoric toward Israel despite nuclear deal

An Iranian propaganda video features Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stating that the nuclear deal does not guarantee Israel's safety. Credit: YouTube Screenshot.

Eight days after world powers reached a nuclear deal with Iran, Iranian leaders are continuing to engage in hostile—and at times threatening—rhetoric toward the Jewish state. 

The official YouTube channel of of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released a propaganda video this week claiming that the Iran deal does not guarantee Israel's safety.

The video begins with footage of President Barack Obama stating that the U.S. "will continue our unprecedented efforts to strengthen Israel's security." The clip is followed by a voice-over from a speech by Khamenei superposed on a montage of blasting Iranian missiles.

"Israel's security will not be ensured whether there will be a nuclear agreement or not," Khamenei says in the video, which can be viewed below.

In addition, just a day before Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that "the hated Zionist regime has never been so isolated among its allies," Iran rebuffed a request by Germany to recognize Israel's right to exist.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham rejected the request by German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who was starting a three-day visit to Tehran.

“Questioning this state’s (Israel’s) right to existence is something that we Germans cannot accept,” Gabriel said.

“The main goal of German vice chancellor’s visit to Iran is a discussion of the prospects of mutual cooperation; we quite naturally have our own concerns and views on existing threats, including the Zionist regime’s threats and the roots of the crises in the region. We have totally different views from Germany on certain regional issues in the Middle East and we have explicitly expressed our viewpoints in different negotiations; this is not something new,” Afkham responded.

Posted on July 22, 2015 .