Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has put forth a plan to eliminate Israel, which he believes will be accepted by the international arena.
In a neat table posted on Khamenei's official Twitter account on Sunday, the ayatollah answers nine key questions on why – and how – this plan is to be implemented.
In the post, Khamenei accuses Israel of seeking to realize its goals "by means of infanticide, homicide, violence & iron fist," and says that the only way to stop the "Israeli crimes" is to eliminate the "fake Zionist regime."
According to the post, Iran has presented "international communities" with "a practical and logical mechanism" aimed at achieving this goal – and it doesn't include a massacre of the region's Jews. Instead, the "proper way" of eliminating Israel "would come through a referendum that would encompass "all the original people of Palestine including Muslims, Christians and Jews wherever they are."
The post stipulates that the referendum would instate a government in Palestine, but does not specify how. This government will then decide whether the "Jewish immigrants who have been persuaded into emigration to Palestine" can remain in the country or should return to "their home countries."
While the "usurper Zionists" are not expected to accept the proposal easily, Khamenei believes that the "fair and logical plan" can be "properly understood by global public opinion and can enjoy the supports of the independent nations and governments."
Until the plan can be put into motion, however, Khamenei prescribes "powerful confrontation and resolute and armed resistance." Those "who are interested in Palestine's destiny" should arm Palestinians in the West Bank, as has been done in Gaza.
Khamenei draws the line, however, at a "classical war by the army of Muslim countries" and throwing "migrated Jews at the sea."
Arbitration by the UN or other global bodies is also unacceptable, as is a negotiated peace agreement.
"The fact that Yasser Arafat was poisoned and killed by Israel while he had the most cooperation with the Zionists proves that in the viewpoint of Israel, 'peace' is simply a trick for more crimes and occupation," the post says.
Iranian leaders have called for Israel's destruction on several occasions in the past. In 2012, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said ahead of his address of the United Nations General Assembly that Israel is to be eliminated. In 2006, Ahmadinejad echoed the words of the former Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, by saying that Israel should be wiped off the map.
The post comes on the backdrop of reports about a secret letter U.S. President Barack Obama sent to Khamenei suggesting cooperation against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), on condition that the Islamic Republic reach a nuclear agreement with the Western powers by November 24.
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