As Congress proceeds to a vote on the deal with Iran designed to forestall its development of nuclear weapons, our elected representatives should consider the latest remarks of Ayatollah Khamenei regarding Israel and Mideast peace.
The ayatollah, who effectively rules Iran, declared on his website Wednesday that Iran won’t negotiate with the United States (or “Satan” in his description) on any other issues except the nuclear deal.
And to those in Israel who have said the nuclear pact could allay their concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions for the next 25 years, the ayatollah had this to say, in a tweet from his Twitter account:
“Firstly, you will not see the next 25 years,” adding, “God willing, there will be nothing of the Zionist regime by the next 25 years.”
He continued: “Secondly, until then, struggling, heroic, and jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists.”
Congress should recall that Mr. Khamenei publicly endorsed the popular Iranian slogan — “Death to America” — in the wake of negotiations with Secretary of State John Kerry.
U.S. apologists for Iran’s supreme leader have said that he is merely doing what he must to keep the nuclear pact on track.
Somehow, that’s hardly reassuring. Neither is the ayatollah’s stated hope that Israel will be eradicated — by nuclear armaments? — within the next 25 years.
Small wonder that the more Americans know about the administration’s deal with Iran, the less they like it.