Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a stern warning to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who accused Jerusalem on Twitter of “state terrorism” and called for the elimination of the “Zionist regime.”
“Khamenei’s threats to carry out ‘The Final Solution’ against Israel bring to mind the Nazi ‘Final Solution’ plan to annihilate the Jewish People,” Netanyahu wrote Wednesday in Hebrew on his official Twitter feed.
“He should know that any regime that threatens Israel with extermination will find itself in similar danger,” he added.
The prime minister was responding to comments Khamenei posted earlier in Farsi, English and Arabic.
“Eliminating the Zionist regime doesn’t mean eliminating Jews. We aren’t against Jews,” Khamenei wrote, explaining that what he meant was to “expel thugs like Netanyahu.”
“This is ‘eliminating Israel. The Zionist regime is the most evident example of state terrorism,” Khamenei also wrote, adding that since the foundation of the Jewish state, Zionists “have been acting like a cancerous tumor, furthering their goals by massacring children, women and men.”
Khamenei’s tweet also featured a poster that read: “Palestine will be free. The final solution. Resistance is referendum,” according to the Jerusalem Post.
The image shows a conquered Jerusalem with photographs of the late Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Quds Force leader who was killed in a US airstrike.
Khamenei called for Muslims around the world to unite against Israel and President Trump’s peace plan, which he called “satanic.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Khamenei’s comments.
“The United States condemns Supreme Leader Khamenei’s disgusting and hateful anti-Semitic remarks,” he said in a tweet. “They have no place on Twitter or on any other social media platform.”
Last week, the top US diplomat made an eight-hour visit to Israel, where he accused Iran of using its resources to “foment terror” even as its people face the Middle East’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak.
With Post wires
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