Iran leader calls Israel “rabid dog”, accuses it of Gaza ‘genocide’

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in TehransuprIran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a “rabid dog” for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide.

About 1,087 Gazans, most of them civilians, have been killed in 22 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. As well as 53 Israeli soldiers killed, three civilians have died as a result of Palestinian shelling.

In a speech marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Khamenei criticised the United States and European countries for what he said were their efforts to limit the military capacity of Palestinian fighters in the enclave.

Of Israel, he said: “This rabid dog, this rapacious wolf, has attacked innocent people and humanity must show a reaction. This is genocide, a catastrophe of historical scale.”

“They have been pounding innocent people day and night and these men women and children are defending themselves with minimum means, and now Americans and Europeans want to take even that away … so that those merciless beasts could pound without qualm.”

Khamenei denounced what he said was a ruling by U.S. President Barack Obama to disarm Palestinians – an apparent reference to U.S. opposition to efforts by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, to obtain weapons such as missiles and rockets. Washington views Hamas as a terrorist organisation.

Khamenei said Iran took the opposite view about arming Palestinians.

“Everyone, whoever has the means, especially in the Islamic world, they should do what they can to arm the Palestinian nation … the Zionist regime deeply regrets starting this (war) but has no way out.”

Israel launched its offensive on July 8 with the aim of halting rocket attacks by Hamas and its allies. It later ordered a land invasion to find and destroy the warren of Hamas tunnels that criss-crosses the border area.

Tehran is at loggerheads with Western powers on a range of foreign policy issues including its nuclear programme and its support for Hamas, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and the Lebanese Shi’ite militant movement Hezbollah.

Khamenei’s speech to a crowd of hundreds of thousands in Tehran was broadcast live on state television. Khamenei was accompanied by senior government officials.

Reuters

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6 responses to “Iran leader calls Israel “rabid dog”, accuses it of Gaza ‘genocide’”

  1. arzatna1 Avatar
    arzatna1

    Talk is cheap Supremo- Gaza is burning and needs action from you, not empty words.
    Hamas is stupid to have depended on you and your proxies

    1. you will not get anything more then talks from Iran.
      they are busy finalizing their A bomb deal with the US and do not wish to be disturbed..thats why they start talking(!) about israel 3 weeks after the war began..it suits their need for a diversion
      and true Hamas and every other Arab that depends on iran is bound to disappointment

  2. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Well then stop sleeping with the rabid dog, mr khamani. You enjoy stirring the pot you full of nothing mr khamani. Go sniff benjis fart mr khamani.

  3. MekensehParty Avatar
    MekensehParty

    Sure, send them weapons too, that’s exactly what we need you to do, get involved on one more front…
    Let’s see how long you will last fighting 3 wars

  4. The Ayatollah is supporting Assad the butcher of Syria since there is more blood spilled with your Iranian help there than in most places. Please keep your words to yourself since you help to mar and tarnish the legitimacy of the Palestinian struggle with your self-righteousness and hypocrisy.

  5. Patience2 Avatar
    Patience2

    The day may come when Israel will focus it’s attention on the ‘fuzzy-face’ and his running dogs.

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