Netanyahu: Khamenei's anti-Israel Jibe Leaves No Room for Illusion About Iran Deal

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Aug. 2, 2015. Credit: AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded Wednesday to Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei's prediction that Israel will not exist in 25 years, saying it proves Tehran wants to annihilate Israel.  

In remarks to the Iranian people in Tehran, Khamenei said that after the nuclear deal reached with the West, "the Zionists said" that in the next 25 years there won't be room to worry about Iran's nuclear program. Khamenei was likely referring to the fact that monitoring the program will continue for the next 25 years.

"I'd say [to Israel] that they will not see [the end] of these 25 years," Khamenei said. "God willing, there will be no such thing as a Zionist regime in 25 years. Until then, struggling, heroic and jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists." The supreme leader also referred to the U.S. as "the Great Satan America,"and said it was using nuclear negotiations to infiltrate Iran and impose its will.

On arrival in London for an official visit, Netanyahu responded that "Khamenei doesn't even give room for illusion to those who support the deal. He highlights that the U.S. is the Great Satan and that it is Iran's intention to destroy the State of Israel – this won't happen."

He added, "Israel is a strong state and it will become even stronger, but the conclusion that arises from the remarks of the dictator in Tehran is that all responsible countries need to cooperate to thwart the aggression and terror of Iran. Unfortunately, these will grow as a result of the deal."

On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama secured a major victory in the congressional fight over the Iran nuclear deal.

Obama gained 41 Senate votes, potentially enabling a filibuster and thus preventing a vote on a Republican-backed resolution rejecting the agreement.

Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) all announced their support for the Iran deal on Tuesday. With an overwhelming number of Senate Democrats in favor, they can now kill the disapproval resolution outright in the Senate and protect Obama from having to use his veto pen.

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