The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Peyman Jebelli

Iranian Officials Reiterate Threats Against Israel Amid Regional Tensions

Thursday, 10/19/2023

As tensions escalate in the region following the Hamas attack on Israel, Iranian officials have continued to issue threats against the Jewish state.

Iran has been supporting Hamas and other militant groups, while calling for Israel's destruction in the past four decades.

In the latest comments, the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Peyman Jebelli, conveyed a message that they are preparing to broadcast news of Israel's disappearance from the scene. He stated, "Israel is digging its own grave and won't last beyond 2040."

His rhetoric echoes Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's previous comments from 2015, in which he stated that Israel must be destroyed within 25 years. At that time, the Iranian government even set up countdown clocks in Tehran and other cities, symbolizing the goal. While many Iranians mock the anti-Israel rhetoric and the countdown clock, the regime remains committed to its pursuit.

Regime authorities persistently stress the necessity of "Israel's destruction," a slogan that has been used to justify Iran's substantial financial and military support to militant groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, while Iranians are facing increasing economic challenges, poverty, and a bleak economic future.

Meanwhile, Gholamreza Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Basij Organization also hinted at the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel, suggesting that “significant developments are imminent.” He emphasized that the “ultimate achievement in this conflict's second phase will be the disappearance of Israel.”

It's worth noting that these threats and the regime's anti-Israel stance have sparked mixed reactions among Iranians, highlighting a complex societal divide. The messaging often originates from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, with other officials, clerics, and representatives across Iran disseminating and reinforcing these themes in line with the regime's policy.

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