While President Barack Obama aimed to sell Congress on the Iran agreement, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was working on his own domestic front, releasing a book detailing his plan to eliminate the “cancerous tumor” Israel.
Journalist Amir Taheri obtained a copy of the 416-page book entitled “Palestine,” published last week in Tehran, in which Khamenei also denied the Holocaust, an event he described as "a propaganda ploy.”
In the book, Khamenei used three words to describe how Israel is to be destroyed, which translate to “annihilation,” “fading out” and “effacement.”
Iran’s supreme leader noted that eliminating the Jewish state did not require one use military means or “massacre the Jews.” Instead, he suggested low-intensity conflicts to push Jews to leave Israel.
He called for a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, that is, a single state called “Palestine” under Muslim rule where only some Israeli Jews could live as “protected minorities.” The rest would have to leave.
“Khamenei makes no reference to Iran’s nuclear program. But the subtext is that a nuclear-armed Iran would make Israel think twice before trying to counter Khamenei’s strategy by taking military action against the Islamic Republic,” journalist Taheri observed.
Taheri reported that Khamenei made clear that his objective of destroying Israel was not rooted in anti-Semitism, but rather in “well-established Islamic principles” — that is, a land that once was ruled by Muslims can never be ruled by non-Muslims.
Khamenei asserted that Israel is an “enemy” of Iran, for one, because it’s an “ally of the American Great Satan.”
Taheri noted that the book’s blurb about its author described Khamenei as "the flagbearer of jihad to liberate Jerusalem."