TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that arch-foe Israel is a regime “doomed to collapse,” escalating a war of words between the Islamic republic and the Jewish state.
“The (Israeli) Zionist regime is a regime whose pillars are extremely shaky and is doomed to collapse,” Khamenei told commanders of the hard-line Basij militia force in Tehran. “Any phenomenon that is created by force cannot endure,” he said in comments broadcast live on state television.
Khamenei rejected claims that Iran and its nuclear work posed a threat. “The enemies of Iran sometimes and particularly the rabid dog of the region — the Zionist regime — claim that Iran is a threat to the entire world,” Khamenei said. “No! The threat … is the Zionist regime and some of its supporters,” he added, as the Basij burst into cries of “Death to Israel” and “Death to America.”