Iran's Khamenei Reportedly Publishes Book on How to Destroy Israel

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a meeting of Revolutionary Guard commanders.Credit: AP

Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a book on how to destroy Israel and outsmart the U.S., arguing that his position is based on “well-established Islamic principles," The New York Post reported Saturday.

The 416-page book, entitled “Palestine,” reportedly reached The Post through a source Iran - the only place the book is said to be currently available in. The report has yet to be confirmed independently and was written by Amir Taheri – an Iranian expat whose reports have been mired in controversy amid claims of fabrications.

The book's blurb reportedly bills it as "The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem."

In the book Khamenei uses three words to state his position that Israel has no right to exist  – “nabudi” (annihilation),  “imha” (fading out), and “zaval” (effacement.) The ayatollah labels Israel as “adou” (enemy) and “doshman,” (foe), because it is a loyal “ally of the American Great Satan;” because it occupies Jerusalem, which Khamenei describes as “Islam’s third Holy City;" and because it waged war on Muslims, thus becoming a “a hostile infidel” (kaffir al-harbi).

According to The Post’s partial translation of the book, Khamenei insists that he is not recommending “classical wars” to wipe Israel off the map or “massacre the Jews,” rather a long period of low-intensity warfare designed to make life unpleasant if not impossible for a majority of Israeli Jews so that they leave the country.

Khamenei also boasts about the regime’s success to make life impossible for Israelis through terror attacks from its proxies in Lebanon and Gaza. “We have intervened in anti-Israel matters, and it brought victory in the 33-day war by Hezbollah against Israel in 2006 and in the 22-day war between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip,” he reportedly wrote.

Iran’s leader is also objected to the two-state solution, saying it was losing steam as the international community sufferes from “Israel fatigue” and will soon start looking for  “a practical and logical mechanism” to end the conflict. “The solution is a one-state formula,” he declares, according to the Post. 

The one state, Palestine, would be under Muslim rule but would allow non-Muslims, including “some Israeli Jews” who could prove “genuine roots” in the region to stay as “protected minorities.” As a gesture of good will, he suggests that the state would be established only after a referendum, in which at least eight million Palestinians across the globe would be able to vote, as well as some 2.2 million Jews who were born in Israel, while Jews “who have come from other places” would be excluded.

Khamenei’s book also covers the issue of the Holocaust which he reportedly regards as either “a propaganda ploy” or a disputed claim. “If there was such a thingwe don’t know why it happened and how,” the Post said.

In conclusion, Khamenei describes Israel as “a cancerous tumor” whose elimination would mean that “the West’s hegemony and threats will be discredited” in the Middle East, while “the hegemony of Iran will be promoted.” contributed to this report

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