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Iranian Official and Social Media Call for the
Destruction of Israel after the JCPOA

Filed under: Iran, Israel, Nuclear Warfare, Radical Islam

The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, July 2015) between the P5+1 and Iran has not stopped Iran’s religious, political and military establishment – and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – from propagating Israel’s destruction, terming the “illegal and filthy Zionist regime” a cancerous tumor in the very heart of the Middle East. The JCPOA failed to recognize that Iran’s extensive missile program is a direct factor in the dramatic increase in the self-confidence of the Islamic Republic.

Iran’s long-range missile program lies at the center of the Iranian threat to eliminate Israel. On some of the long-range missiles that Iran tested, “Israel should be wiped off the map/face of the earth” is explicitly written (sometimes in Hebrew) – an overt declaration of Iran’s long-term objective. The Supreme Leader paves the way for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and sets the stage for local social networks and pan-Islamic “eliminate Israel” discourse.

The combination of an extreme Islamist ideology that repetitively preaches the destruction of Israel, boasts of its advanced missile program and seeks to return to the bosom of the Western world makes Iran all the more dangerous. This over-confident Iran continues to export terrorism to Palestinian terrorist organizations, Hezbollah and subversive groups in the Gulf States, some of which undermine American interests (Yemen, Bahrain, for example).


Source (March 17, 2016): Selected quotes by people on remarks made by the Supreme Leader of the Revolution in the Iranian year 1394 (March 2015 – March 2016)

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Ayatollah Khamenei at Tehran Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada

Iran’s Supreme Leader’s Khamenei addressed the Sixth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada on February 21, 2017 in the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani and Judiciary Chief, Sadeq Amoli Larijani .

(Please notice: all English text is direct quote from Khamenei’s official English website. The text is identical to his sites in Arabic and Persian).

Sixth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada

Selected excerpts:

Dirty page that will be closed

It has never been witnessed that a country is completely occupied in a supra-regional plot, that a people are driven away from their home and their country and that another group of people from remote areas in the world are brought there in order to replace that nation. It has never been witnessed that a real entity is ignored and that a fake entity takes its place.

But this is another dirty page in history which will be closed with the permission and assistance of Allah the Exalted, just like other dirty pages in history: “Falsehood is bound to perish” [The Holy Quran, 17:81] and He says: “My servants the righteous shall inherit the earth” [The Holy Quran, 21: 105]”.

که در یک توطئه‌ی فرامنطقه‌ای، کشوری به طور کامل اشغال شود و ملّتی از خانه و کاشانه‌ی خود رانده شوند و به جای آنان، گروهی دیگر از جای جای جهان بدان‌جا گسیل شوند؛ موجودیّتی حقیقی نادیده گرفته شود و موجودیّتی جعلی بر جای آن بنشیند، امّا این نیز یکی از صفحات ناپاک تاریخ است که همچون دیگر صفحات آلوده، با اذن خدای متعال و یاری او بسته خواهد شد؛چه آنکه‌‌: إِنَّ‌ الْبَاطِلَ کانَ‌ زَهُوقًا.(۳) وَ قال: اَنَّ الاَرضَ یَرِثُها عِبَادِیَ الصَّٰلِحُون.(۴)

Phased “cure for this tumor”: on going armed struggle

From the beginning, this cancerous tumor has been developing in several phases until it turned into the current disaster. The cure for this tumor should be developed in phases as well. Until today, several intifadas and a constant and continuous resistance have managed to achieve very important phased goals. The Palestinian intifada continues to gallop forward in a thunderous manner so that it can achieve its other goals until the complete liberation of Palestine…

این غدّه‌ی سرطانی، از هنگام آغاز، مرحله‌ای رشد کرده و به بلای کنونی تبدیل شده و درمان آن نیز باید مرحله‌ای باشد، که چند انتفاضه و مقاومت پیگیر و مستمر توانسته است اهداف مرحله‌ای بسیار مهمّی را محقّق سازد و همچنان توفنده به پیش میتازد تا دیگر اهداف خود را، تا زمان آزادی کامل فلسطین محقّق سازد

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No to any (political) “compromise strategies”

…from the beginning, the Islamic Republic of Iran insisted on the incorrectness of compromise strategies and warned of their harmful effects and heavy damages. The opportunity that was given to the compromise procedure brought about destructive effects on the path of resistance and the fighting of the Palestinian nation, but the only benefit that it had was to prove the inaccuracy of the so-called “realism” outlook in practice.

Necessity and a holy jihad …

The illegitimate entity of the Zionist regime will continue to exist only if it is founded on the ruins of Palestine’s identity and entity. That is why protecting Palestinian identity and guarding all the symbols of this truthful and natural identity is a necessity and a holy jihad.

Role of the Resistance

The role of the Resistance in post-occupation eras is no secret to anyone and without a doubt, the victory of the Resistance in the 1973 war cannot be ignored although it was a narrow victory. Since 1982, the burden of the Resistance fell practically on the people inside Palestine, but the Islamic Resistance of Lebanon – Hezbollah – turned to help the Palestinians in the path of their fight. If the Resistance had not brought the Zionist regime to its knees, we would now be witness to its transgressions against other regional countries – from Egypt to Jordan, from Iraq, the Persian Gulf region to other areas. The 33-day war in Lebanon (Second Lebanese War, JCPA), and the 22-day (Operation Cast Lead, JCPA), 8-day (Operation Pillar of Defense , JCPA) and 51-day (Operation Solid Rock, JCPA) wars in Gaza were all shining pages in the performance sheet of the Resistance. Those wars are a source of pride for all regional nations, for the world of Islam and for all freedom fighters in the world.

Emergence of signs of the collapse in the Zionist regime

With the emergence of signs of the collapse in the Zionist regime and the weakness that has dominated its main allies – in particular the United States of America – it is witnessed that the global environment is gradually moving towards confronting the hostile, illegal and inhuman activities of the Zionist regime.

This achievement is very important, but it is not the only achievement that the Resistance has made. The liberation of southern Lebanon and Gaza is the attainment of two important phased goals in the process of Palestine’s liberation. This has helped reverse the process of the geographical expansion of the Zionist regime.

The dangers originating from the presence of the Zionist regime should never be ignored! Therefore, the Resistance should benefit from all the necessary tools for continuing its duty. On this path, all regional nations and governments and all freedom seekers in the world should meet the main needs of this resistant nation.

In doing so, we should not ignore the basic needs of the Resistance in the West Bank because the West Bank shoulders the main burden of the suppressed intifada. Supporting the Resistance is the responsibility of all of us… The only condition for assistance is that such assistance is expended on strengthening the people of Palestine and the structure of the Resistance.

Strategies for “Eradicating” Israel

Brig-Gen Yahya Rahim Safavi

(July 1, 2016) The Iranian Supreme Leader’s senior military adviser (a former IRGC Commander), Brig-Gen Yahya Rahim Safavi, in a pre-Friday sermon indoctrination speech on July 1, 2016, on the occasion of International Quds (Jerusalem) Day.

Key points:

  • America and Britain were aiming to create insecurity and tension (in the Middle-East) and enforce their rule over Arab and Islamic countries, from the north of Africa to the west of Asia (the broader Middle East) when they created this cancerous tumor (Israel)…” (BBC MONITORING)

  • Look, 1.6 billion Muslims on the one hand, and 18 million Jews on the other hand. Assume that if each of these 1.6 billion Muslims pours a cup of water on the head of these Zionists, they will be drowned in this water.”

  • The unity of Muslims, support for the Islamic Resistance and the continuation of armed jihad [sacred war] is the main strategy for the liberation of Palestine….Strengthening jihadist groups, particularly arming the people of the West Bank, with its 3 million-strong population, is one of the duties of Muslims…. The arming of the West Bank will make the Zionists lose control (of the West Bank).” (BBC MONITORING)

  • The only way for the liberation of occupied Palestine and the elimination of this criminal, villain, inhuman, and anti-Muslim regime is the unity of Muslims, the strategy of the Islamic resistance and the continuation of armed jihad against this dirty and filthy regime.” (BBC MONITORING)

Regarding the future of the Zionist regime – according to both divine and rationale sources, there is no way other than the destruction of this fictitious regime, and the Islamic nations need to do what the Iranian people have done, and the Islamic Revolution is a model to other countries on how to break free of evil forces.

آینده رژیم صهیونیستی در منابع الهی و با نگاه بر عقلانیت نشان می‌دهد راهی جز نابودی این رژیم جعلی وجود ندارد و لازم است ملت‌های اسلامی کاری را بکنند که ملت ایران انجام داد و انقلاب اسلامی اکنون برای کشورهای جهان یک الگو در‌ رهایی از استکبار است.

Iran’s Basij Force Commander Blames Israel for the Paris Tragedy

Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi

(November 18, 2015) The commander of Iran’s Basij (the voluntary arm of the IRGC) Force, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, blamed Israel for the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed over 150 people.

If we write the word Israel instead of ISIL, the behind the scenes of the recent events in France will come to light; ISIL is the infantry unit of the US and the usurper Zionist regime, since they do not have fighters anymore today and have lost the power to fight, and they have created ISIL by investing in fools….Such events need to happen in Europe in order for the US and its hirelings to be able to justify their presence in the region and escape criticism.

Source: Conservative, privately-owned IRGC-affiliated Fars News Agency website

Wait for Iran’s Missiles

Brigadier-General Ahmad Reza Purdastan

(October 26, 2015) Ground Force Commander Brigadier-General Ahmad Reza Purdastan warned the Zionist regime about any aggression against Tehran, and said the Armed Forces’ finger is on the trigger to destroy Israel with long-range missiles if Tel Aviv ever dares to put into action its boastful threats to Iran.

If Israel makes any move, we will react with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s long-range missiles.

Purdastan referred to the September remarks by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who said there will be no Israel 25 years from now, and said:

We are eager to see Israel make a move to put the Supreme Leader’s remarks into action as soon as possible.

هرگونه حرکت رژیم صیونیستی را با موشک های دوبرد پاسخ می دهیم

پوردستان درباره تهدیدهای اسرائیل گفت: اسرائیل هم اگر حرکتی بکند ، با موشک های دوربُرد نظام مقدس جمهوری اسلامی ایران واکنش نشان خواهیم داد و شاید زودتر از آن ۲۵ سالی که رهبر معظم انقلاب فرمودند ، موجودیت خارجی اسرائیل ازبین برود و ما علاقمند هستیم که اسرائیل حرکتی بکند تا ما هر چه زودتر فرمایش مقام معظم رهبری را جامه عمل بپوش

In 25 years’ time, nothing under the name of Israel will remain.

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On September 9, 2015, Ayatollah Khamenei described Israel as a “fake” regime, and said there would be no Israel 25 years from now.

Some of the Zionists have said that given the results of the nuclear negotiations (between Tehran and the world powers), they were relieved of concerns [they had] about Iran for 25 years, but we tell them that basically, you will not see the next 25 years, and with Allah’s grace, nothing under the name of the Zionist regime will exist in the region by then. (Crowd chants: Death to Israel, Death to America, and Death to the UK).

رهبر معظم انقلاب تأکید کردند: ان‌شاءالله تا ۲۵ سال آینده چیزی به‌نام رژیم صهیونیستی وجود نخواهد داشت.

یشان با اشاره به جعلی بودن دولت صهیونیستی افزودند: برخی صهیونیستها گفته‌اند با توجه به نتایج مذاکرات هسته‌ای، 25 سال از دغدغه ایران آسوده شده‌ایم اما ما به آنها می‌گوییم شما 25 سال آینده را، اصولاً نخواهید دید و به‌فضل الهی، چیزی به‌نام رژیم صهیونیستی در منطقه وجود نخواهد داشت.

رهبر انقلاب تأکید کردند: در همین مدت نیز روحیه اسلامی مبارز، حِماسی و جهادی، صهیونیستها را راحت نخواهد گذاشت.

رهبر انقلاب پس از تبیین راههای دستیابی به اقتدار روزافزون و مأیوس کردن دشمنان افزودند: آمریکایی‌ها، اکنون با نوعی تقسیم وظایف، با ایران، دوگانه رفتار می‌کنند، برخی لبخند می‌زنند و برخی در حال تهیه مصوبه علیه ایران هستند.

ایشان تلاش آمریکایی‌ها برای مذاکره با ایران را بهانه‌ای برای نفوذ و تحمیل خواسته‌های کاخ سفید خواندند و تأکید کردند: ما فقط در قضیه هسته‌ای آن هم به‌دلایل مشخص و اعلام شده اجازه مذاکره دادیم که بحمدالله مذاکره کنندگان نیز در این عرصه خوب ظاهر شدند اما در زمینه‌های دیگر با آمریکا مذاکره‌ای نمی‌کنیم.

Sources: Conservative, privately-owned IRGC-affiliated Fars News Agency website; Khamenei’s personal website

“Destroy Israel in Eight Minutes”

Ahmad Karimpour

(May 20, 2016) Ahmad Karimpour, senior advisor to the Commander of the Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, said: “With the facilities and equipment we have, we can raze the Zionist regime to the ground in less than eight minutes if we ever decide to act, based on the Supreme Leader’s orders.”

Karimpour was referring to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks back in 2013, when he said Iran would “raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground” if it were ever attacked by Israel.

کریم‌پور با اشاره به سخنان مقام معظم رهبری که فرموند اگر اسرائیل و آمریکا خطایی بکنند، تل‌ویو و حیفا را با خاک یکسان می‌کنیم، بیان کرد: اکنون اگر بنا باشد فرمایش حضرت‌آقا را عملی کنیم، با تجهیزاتی که داریم در کمتر از هشت دقیقه از ایران، اسرائیل را نابود خواهیم کرد.

Our Missiles are Ready to be Fired against Israel

Brigadier-General Hussein Salami

(July 1, 2016) Brigadier-General Hussein Salami, deputy commander-in-chief of the IRGC (on the matter of missile firing drills in Kavir, Qom Province):

We have huge reserves of various range ballistic missiles that are ready to target enemies and their intentions, at any time, from different points of the country….If enemies want to carry out negative acts against Iran, they should know that our missiles are ready to be fired and will target them.

He also said that Israel will soon collapse, adding:

Taking into account that Hezbollah has stored more than 100,000 missiles, the Islamic Republic possesses ten times more missiles of different types and its power is unlimited.”

امروز به فضل الهی در فروپاشی رژیم صهیونیست زمینه‌ها بیش از هر زمان دیگری فراهم است به طوری که فقط در لبنان بیش از صد هزار موشک آماده است تا اگر رژیم صهیونیستی بخواهد دوباره به تکرار فجایع گذشته دست بزند در قلب صهیونیست فرود آمده و مقدمات فروپاشی آن را فراهم کند.

سلامی گفت: البته ماجرا به بیش از صد هزار موشک در لبنان خلاصه نمی‌شود و در سرزمینی که در اشغال صهیونیسم است فلسطین با سنگ به نبرد با سربازان جنایتکار می‌پرداخت ولی امروز تمام آن سرزمین نقطه تقاطع آتش است که از تقاطع باختری و نوار غزه می‌تواند هر نقطه از فلسطین اشغالی اعم از حیفا را مورد اصابت قرار دهد و این مسئله همان ابهام و معمای امنیتی بزرگی است که در برابر صهیونیست قرار دهد.

وی عنوان کرد: دهها هزار موشک با بردهای بلند در اقصی‌نقاط اسلام فقط منتظر دستور هستند که با فشار یک ماشه اسرائیل برای همیشه از جغرافیای سیاسی جهان حذف شود، اما ماجرا به همین جا هم ختم نمی‌شود و امروز متفاوت از گذشته ظرفیت محو و فروپاشی این رژیم بر روی زمین شکل گرفته است.

سلامی با بیان اینکه رژیم صهیونیستی فاقد عمق دفاعی راهبردی است و در برخی نقاط فقط 24 یا 14 کیلومتر عرض دارد و با یک هجوم کمرش می‌شکند، اظهار داشت: بار دیگر اگر رژیم صهیونیست دست به خطا بزند به اتفاق قریب به یقین تمام سرزمین‌های تحت اشغالش نابود می‌شود، رژیم صهیونیست همانند رژیم‌های مرتجع امروزی حاکم بر برخی بلاد اسلامی که بر قدرت نظامی آمریکا تکیه کرده‌اند بدانند که فصل قدرت آمریکا خاتمه یافته است، اگر این فصل هنوز ادامه داشت آمریکا باید می‌توانست از رژیم شاه، مصر یا تونس حمایت کند.

“We Have Increased the Number of Missile Tunnels and Silos”

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh

(October 11, 2016) IRGC Aerospace Force commander, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh:

Today, Israel is surrounded by Islamic countries and it has a short life to live; it will be destroyed by war even before the firing of these missiles….Israel’s evil is totally clear to us and our missiles’ 2,000-kilometer range is for fighting against the Zionist regime at a distance….We do not aim to conquer other countries but rather to support oppressed nations [referring to Palestinians, Houthis in Yemen and other Arab minorities] against tyrants, and anyone who intends to harm oppressed Muslims should know that these missiles are a threat.

The commander also mentioned the enmity of the Iranian nation toward America, saying:

We are not instigators of war, but nor will we be surprised. Therefore, we have [taken action] so that the enemies cannot destroy them [the missiles] and we can continue the war for a long period of time….We have increased the number of missile tunnels and silos in Iran, and will provide a strong response to any enemy actions.

فرمانده نیروی هوافضای سپاه پاسداران با اشاره به تولید «انبوه» موشک بالستیک «ذوالفقار» با برد ۷۰۰ کیلومتر گفت که هدف جمهوری اسلامی از تولید موشک هدف قرار دادن اسرائیل است و به همین دلیل نیازی به موشک‌های با بُرد بیش از ۲ هزار کیلومتر ندارد.

Khamenei’s Prediction that Israel will be Destroyed in 25 Years will Materialize

Hujjat al-Islam Sayd Hamuod Alavi

(January 14, 2017) Intelligence Minister Hujjat al-Islam Sayd Hamuod Alavi, during a seminar titled “Gaza, symbol of resistance”:

Just as Ayatollah Khamenei’s prediction about the US presidential election was realized, his prediction that Israel will be destroyed in 25 years will also materialize.”

همان‌طور که پیش‌بینی امام خامنه‌ای در مورد انتخابات ریاست جمهوری آمریکا محقق شد، پیش‌بینی ایشان در مورد اینکه اسرائیل نیز ۲۵ سال بعد از بین خواهد رفت، نیز محقق می‌شود.

“Destruction of Israel and the Salvation of al-Quds”

Ramadan Sharif

(February 10, 2017) Ramadan Sharif, head of IRGC’s public relations and general publicity department, on Revolutionary Victory Day:

Martyrs protecting the holy places bring pride to the Islamic nation and stand firm against those who blackened the image of the Prophet…. It is a fact that Israel is responsible for any attacks against Muslims; step-by-step, we are nearing the destruction of Israel and the salvation of al-Quds (Jerusalem).

شریف در پایان خاطرنشان کرد: ‌شهدای مدافع حرم برای امت اسلامی افتخار آفریدند و در مقابل کسانی که با رفتار بد خود چهره پیامبر را نامناسب جلوه دادند، ایستادند و این یک واقعیت مسلم است که ضرباتی که مسلمانان می‌خورند سرنخ آن اسرائیل است و ما قدم به قدم تا نابودی اسرائیل و نجات قدس نزدیک می‌شویم.

“Jihad’s Path… Secrets of Martyrdom”

Brig-Gen Mohammad Reza Naqdi

(December 22, 2015) Basij (the IRGC’s voluntary arm) commander Brig-Gen Mohammad Reza Naqdi: (following the targeted killing of senior Hezbollah commander Samir al-Quntar, responsible for killing Israeli civilians in the 70s)

The Zionists and their Western backers are unaware of the secrets of martyrdom. They fantasize about blocking the path of jihad and Hezbollah’s victory through committing these crimes….Undoubtedly, this pure blood will create more blossoms in the camp of jihad against America and Zionism.”

Source: Fars News Agency website, Tehran, in Persian, December 22, 2015 (BBC MONITORING)

“Turn Tel Aviv and Haifa into ashes”

(September 21, 2016)

If the leaders of the Zionist regime (Israel) make any mistake, Iran will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa into ashes” at a military parade.

“Israel must be Wiped Out“

(March 10, 2016)

Missile launch

Launch of Exceptional Missile from Underground Silo – Israel must be Wiped Out

“Israel must be wiped off [the map]”

(March 9, 2016)

News site screenshot
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Hebrew writing – Fars news agency

“Israel must be wiped off [the map]”

Israel will not be safe

(August 8, 2015)

Missile launch

Readers’ most significant statement by Khamenei:

Israel will not be safe, with or without a nuclear agreement.


“Iranian Missiles will Retaliate against Israel in Seven Minutes”

(October 2, 2015)

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Social Network Discourse

(March 10, 2016)

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(May 2013) “Tebyan Association” – social network with strong links to the regime

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See also:

Sworn to Destruction: What Iranian Leaders Continue to Say about Israel in the Rouhani Era

Daniel Rubenstein, January 7, 2014

Iranian leaders are consistent in their anti-Israel rhetoric, clear about their hostile intentions, and certain of their apocalyptic beliefs. Here are their top anti-Israel statements from 2013, with links to the original source in Persian.

What Iranian Leaders Really Say About Doing Away With Israel

Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum, August 27, 2008

Over the past several years, Iranian leaders have made numerous statements calling for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.

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This report was prepared with the assistance of Terrogence (Israel).