The silence of world powers in the face of a vicious anti-Israel tirade by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has left Israeli officials shocked, The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.
In a speech broadcast live in Iran on Wednesday, Khamenei said, “Zionist officials cannot be called humans; they are like animals, some of them. The Israeli regime is doomed to failure and annihilation.” He referred to the “Zionist regime” as the “rabid dog of the region.”
“We knew the Americans were eager, even more so than the Iranians themselves, to reach an intermediate deal in Geneva, but we did not estimate to how great an extent,” a senior official in Yerushalayim commented.
The official added, “The West is choosing not to direct its gaze at Khamenei, who is the true face of Iran and its de facto ruler, and to accept the ‘pretty face’ of Iran’s new diplomacy instead.
“The comments by the supreme leader, who cursed America and France at the height of the talks, constitute spitting in the face of the enlightened world, not just Israel — but the world remains silent, thinking it is rain, and continues to talk with this leader’s emissaries, who are masters of deception. Then they blame us for making comparisons to the 1930s.”
An official in the U.S. delegation in Geneva sidestepped the issue on Thursday, telling reporters, “Naturally, there are still expressions of the deep lack of trust between us and the Iranians, which stem from more than three decades of severed relations. We are trying to reach an agreement whose goal is to peacefully prevent the Iranian regime from obtaining nuclear weapons while dealing with this atmosphere, and it is not easy.”