Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni slammed Israel over Twitter on Sunday, referring to the Jewish state as a "cancerous tumor" in the West Asian region which must be "removed and eradicated."
"It is possible and it will happen" -Khameni
Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken. #Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen. 7/31/91#GreatReturnMarch— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) June 3, 2018
Khamenei also said that the Palestinian cause is not "tactical" or "political" - rather it is “an issue of the heart… and faith.”
On Saturday, the supreme leader warned "traitorous countries" refusing to confront Israel in order to appease the United States, and that "resistance is the only way to save #Palestine from oppression."
Woe to the heads of those dependent and traitorous countries, who refrain from the great duty of fighting against #Israel and defending #Palestine only to win U.S’s attention and a few more days of power. 1/22/91 #GreatReturnMarch— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) June 2, 2018
Undoubtedly, resistance is the only path to save #Palestine from oppression, and the only cure to heal the wounds on the body of this courageous and proud nation.— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) June 2, 2018
His tweets over the weekend came amid a tense few days along the Gaza border that saw multiple exchanges of mortar and rocket fire and violence along the security fence.
On Friday, a 21-year-old volunteer Gazan paramedic was shot dead as she tried to help evacuate wounded protesters near Israel’s perimeter fence. UN officials condemned Razan Najjar’s killing, and thousands of Palestinians attended her funeral on Saturday. The IDF said it was investigating the incident.-Times of Israel
Later Saturday night and early Sunday morning, Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza resumed firing rockets over the border, shattering an official ceasefire agreement. In response, the IDF said Israeli jets carried out two rounds of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. -Times of Israel
Then, on Monday, Khamenei said that it would "attack 10 times more if attacked by enemies," and that Western demands to limit its ballistic missile program are a "dream that will never come true."
"Tehran will attack 10 times more if attacked by enemies... The enemies don't want an independent Iran in the region... We will continue our support for oppressed nations" -Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
"Young Arabs, you should take action and the initiative to control your own future ... Some regional countries act like their own people's enemies," said Khamenei, alluding to US-allied Gulf Arab states who support the rebels trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a close ally of Tehran.
Tensions are once again flaring up between Iran and the West since President Trump pulled out of the "deeply flawed" 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. European signatories - along with Obama Secretary of State John Kerry, have been scrambling to save the accord which mandated that the Islamic Republic curb its disputed nuclear energy program in exchange for the lifting of harsh sanctions.
One of Trump's primary complaints about the deal was that Iran was not required to rein in its ballistic missile program, which Khamenei has repeatedly said is non-negotiable.
"Some Europeans are talking about limiting our defensive missile program. I am telling the Europeans, 'Limiting our missile work is a dream that will never come true.'"
Today the enemy's plan is to exert economic, psychological pressures and unrest to dominate over our beloved nation of Iran, just as they dominate some disgraceful countries in our region.— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) June 4, 2018