(JNS.org) Iran’s leadership has continued to call for Israel’s destruction since the nuclear deal with world powers was forged in July 2015, according to a new report published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA).
“There is absolutely no indication of one iota of moderation by the Iranian elite in their hostile intentions toward Israel since the conclusion of the Iran nuclear agreement. Iranian policy in this regard is driven by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” said former Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold, who heads the JCPA.
The JCPA report includes a compilation of statements by Iranian leaders, including Khamenei, that have called for Israel’s destruction.
According to the report, Iran's long-range missile program demonstrates the country's commitment to the hatred of Israel. It noted how the missiles are frequently inscribed with slogans such as "Israel should be wiped off the face of the Earth." The report added that Khamenei "paves the way" for the fierce anti-Israel rhetoric in the military and the nation.
"The combination of an extreme Islamist ideology that repetitively preaches the destruction of Israel, boasts of its advanced missile program, and seeks to return to the bosom of the Western world makes Iran all the more dangerous," the report said. "This over-confident Iran continues to export terrorism to Palestinian terrorist organizations, Hezbollah, and subversive groups in the Gulf states, some of which undermine American interests."
Meanwhile, Iran said Thursday that it views Israel’s nuclear arsenal as the “biggest threat” to world peace, a day after President Donald Trump vowed to prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Israel is the “biggest threat to the peace and security in the region and the world,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said, the state news agency IRNA reported.
“The bitter truth is that these unjust claims are being repeated by the Zionist regime that doesn’t abide by any international laws and has hundreds of warheads in its atomic arsenal,” Ghasemi added.