(JNS.org) Wednesday’s observance of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, provided no respite in the routine rhetoric against Israel from Iranian leaders.
“We will certainly destroy Israel,” said Maj. Gen. Ataollah Salehi, commander-in-chief of the Iranian Army, this week during a parade that launched Iran’s “Defense Week,” a commemoration of the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War.
“We long for Israel to take action against us as soon as possible so we will be able to destroy it before 25 years are up,” Salehi said, the Tasnim News Agency reported.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, meanwhile, blasted Israel’s policy towards the Palestinians amid Jewish-Muslim tension at the Temple Mount holy site.
“The Zionist regime’s crimes in Palestine and repeated insult of the sacred sanctuary of Al-Aqsa mosque...are the foremost problem for Muslims,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by his official website, according to Israel Hayom.
Khamenei added that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is the “ultimate degree of ruthlessness and evil.”