“The Zionist Regime is Condemned to Vanish” — thanks to Barack Obama’s nuke deal. Flush with victory, Khamenei can’t restrain himself from taking a victory lap and rubbing in how easy it was to get everything he wanted from the post-American President.
“Iran’s Supreme Leader Posts Photo of Himself Trampling Israeli Flag: ‘The Zionist Regime Is Doomed,'” by Patrick Goodenough, CNS News, July 13, 2015:
(CNSNews.com) – A photograph posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s official website–as the Obama administration was finalizing negotiations on a deal intended to prevent Iran from building a nulcear weapon–shows the walking stick-waving supreme leader striding across, and apparently glaring at, a painted representation of Israel’s national flag.
The caption on the photo, according to a translation by American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Rubin, reads, “The Zionist Regime is Condemned to Vanish.”
“The Zionist regime is a regime with very shaky pillars,” the caption continues. “The Zionist regime is doomed. The Zionist regime is an imposed regime and was created with intimidation. Nothing created with intimidation can last long and this one will not last long either.”
The photo was posted last Thursday (18 Tir, 1394 on the Persian calendar), on the eve of Iran’s annual “Quds [Jerusalem] Day” – also dubbed “Death to Israel Day” since chants to that effect typically characterize rallies across in the country, along with “Death to America.”
Commenting on the decision to post the photo and caption at this time, Rubin wrote on the AEI blog, “So much for peace and so much for ‘Dialogue of Civilizations.’”
“But why should Israel worry?” he continued. “After all, President Obama has made Israel’s security a red-line, and when are Obama’s red-lines not to be believed? (Full-disclosure: I tried to ask some Ukrainians this, but the Russians occupying their country had cut the phone lines, and all the Syrians I sought to contact had been displaced by Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons use).”
“Then again, Obama from the start has been all about hope. So let’s hope that all Khamenei aims to do with the $100 billion windfall he is due to receive because of the pending nuclear deal will be to order millions more pavement murals of symbols of Judaism upon which Iran’s supreme leader can trample during his morning constitutional,” Rubin wrote.
“Ballistic missiles? Nuclear warheads? What? Me worry?”…
The day after Quds Day, Khamenei told students in Tehran that fighting the United States – “global arrogance” in the parlance of the Islamic Republic – is “one of the principles of the [Islamic] Revolution.”
“According to Qur’anic principles, fighting against arrogance and global imperialism is never-ending and today, America is the very epitome of arrogance,” he said in comments posted on an official website.
“Fighting against arrogance is one of the principles of the Revolution. It is a fundamental task,” the 75 year-old ayatollah told the young people. “Therefore, you should prepare yourselves for continuing the battle against arrogance.”