Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed a message to Iran on Wednesday, warning the Islamic Republic’s leaders, “Don’t threaten us, we are not a rabbit we are a tiger. If you threaten us you endanger yourself.”
“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.” Psalm 121:4,5 (KJV)
Netanyahu sent the message after being asked during his visit to Kazakhstan by President Nursultan Nazarbayev if he wants to send a message to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was scheduled to visit Kazakhstan next week.
When he was asked by his host if he sincerely believed that Iran means what it says, that it wants to destroy Israel, he answered, “Yes, I do believe it.” Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Israel will not exist 25 years from now.
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Hours before Netanyahu’s statement, Khamenei claimed that the “liberation of Palestine” remains the number one issue facing the Muslim world despite the numerous conflicts currently destabilizing the Middle East.
Khamenei made the comments during a meeting with the head of Palestinian terror organization Islamic Jihad in Tehran, according to semi-official Iranian news agency Press TV.
“Despite being engaged in certain regional issues, the Islamic Republic has always announced explicitly that Palestine is the number one issue in the Muslim world and has fulfilled its obligations in this regard,” Khamenei told the group’s leader, Ramadan Abdullah Shalah.
The Iranian leader continued by stating that the “only way to liberate the holy city of al-Quds is struggle and resistance,” while adding “other solutions are useless and futile.”
Al-Quds is the Arabic word for Jerusalem.
Khamenei also rejected claims that religious issues were at the heart of regional tensions, casting blame on the United States and its allies.
“The Sunni people of Aleppo, Mosul and other cities are being slaughtered by the Takfiri criminals, therefore, these crises have nothing to do with Sunnis or Shias,” the leader said.
Takfir is a Muslim who accuses another Muslim of apostasy.
Instability in the region, Khamenei insisted, was the fault of the United States and its interference in the affairs of Middle East countries, describing Washington as “the most arrogant [power] and the Great Evil.”
The comments came a day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the only option left for Palestinians in the pursuit of an independent state was “jihad,” Iranian news agency Fars reported.
“Today, the world public opinion is faced with this strong argument that the Zionist regime has never been after peace, and this argument and reasoning should be used to show that there is no way, but jihad and resistance for the Palestinians against the usurper regime,” he said to Shalah during their meeting on Tuesday.
According to Fars, Rouhani blamed Israel for increased sectarian conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and North Africa. source