In an article in Newsmax, Benjamin Netanyahu is quoted as making the following statement: “The leader of this country that is depicted by some as moderate, the Islamic State of Iran, has said in the last 48 hours: 1) that he calls for the annihilation of Israel — his words, not mine; 2) he gives nine ways and reasons of how and why Israel should be annihilated — his words, not mine,” Netanyahu said, the Times of Israel reported.
The problem with this statement is that it is a lie. Of course this is nothing new for Netanyahu; even though I put “at it again” in the title of this article, in fact Netanyahu lies nearly every time he opens his mouth! His reference here is to a set of 9 questions and answers that Ayatollah Khamenei posted on his Twitter account. These questions and answers can be found in the article to which I linked above.
If you read those answers, you will not find even one reference to “annihilating” Israel. There is one reference to “the elimination of Israel”; but this follows immediately on the call for “the elimination of this regime” (question and answer number 2). The actual two sentences read in this way: “The only means of bringing Israeli crimes to an end is the elimination of this regime. And of course the elimination of Israel does not mean the massacre of the Jewish people in this region.” While the Ayatollah speaks often of eliminating the regime, this is the only time he spoke of eliminating Israel – making it clear at the same time that he is not referring to killing, massacring, or “annihilating” any Jewish people. His obvious meaning is that the “Israeli”/Jewish regime is to be eliminated.
The idea, very clearly presented, is that the Jewish government and control of Palestine must be removed, and government and control returned to the true Palestinians who were there before European Jews began to move there and steal the land from the Palestinian people.
This is the same sort of lying ‘spin’ that was given to a statement of former President Ahmadinejad and the late Ayatollah Khomeini who said “this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time”. This has repeatedly been distorted to a call for the destruction of Israel – some even going so far as to claim President Ahmadinejad called for the use of nuclear weapons to “destroy Israel”!
The suggestions of Ayatollah Khamenei are wise and sound. The “Israeli”/Jewish regime in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv must fall, and government be in the hands of the Palestinian people (Muslim, Christian, and Jewish) – and their families – who lived there before the influx of murdering, thieving European Jewish “Zionists”. The Palestinian people can then decide whether or not the “Zionists” can remain in Palestine.
Prime Minister Netanyahu should have said “my words, not his”, because that’s precisely what they were.